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(WLNS) - It's a case that captured mid-Michigan last year  and now is getting national attention.

Monday the family of an Okemos teen found guilty of the February 2013 stabbing death of his sister's boyfriend spoke out on the Doctor Phil show defending the convicted killer. The family of Connor McCowan says they do not believe MccCwan is a murderer and told talk show host Doctor Phil they believe his 20 to 60 year prison sentence is too harsh. They say McCowan acted in self defense and never meant to take a life.

February 23rd, 2013 was a cold night in more ways than one.

This was the 911 call: "my friend, my friend. He's just been stabbed" and moments after that chilling 9-11 call came into the Ingham County dispatch center MSU senior Andrew Singler was dead. And not too long after that his girlfriend,  who is also the sister of the convicted killer,  got another chilling call.  "I got a call from Andrew's mom, and she said. 'Andrew's dead. We don't want you at the funeral. We hope your brother rots in prison for the rest of his life. "

Connor McCowan of Okemos was convicted late last year of killing his sister's boyfriend after a heated argument between the couple got out of hand.

The verdict: :Second degree murder, guilty." And Monday the family kept a united front on the Dr. Phil show, telling the nation they don't believe their son is a cold-blooded killer.

Mother Judy McCowan explained, "I feel awful what's happened to Andrew, but my son didn't do anything illegal that night. He was defending himself. He was attacked."  Father Randy McCowan added, "I don't know if 20 to 60 years it's just an eye for an eye, and let's throw away another life because they lost a son."

Dr. Phil relied on his psychology expertise when he gave his opinion that McCowan is not likely a homicidal maniac. And while the family thinks McCowan's sentence is too harsh, Dr. Phil says juries tend to get the verdict right. "And if the result is unjust, it's generally because of what they were told or not told. There's tons that they weren't told."

While the family says there is a lot the jury didn't get to hear Ingham County prosecutor Stuart Dunnings disagrees.  He used one word about their claim.....and it's not safe to repeat on television.

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