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Prosecutor: Don't dismiss murder charge against ex-cop

Jan. 26, 2023 21:14 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor has asked a judge not to dismiss a second-degree murder charge against a former Grand Rapids police office r accused of shooting a Black motorist in the back of the head during a struggle over a Taser. Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker...

Man whose gun buys led to homicides gets 3 years in prison

Jan. 23, 2023 15:57 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A man who purchased more than 40 guns and then flipped some to felons who used them in homicides and other crimes was sentenced to three years in federal prison Monday. The guns were traced to the fatal shooting of a 2-year-old child near Grand Rapids a...

Police: W Michigan man arrested after taking 2 women hostage

Jan. 15, 2023 12:22 PM EST

WELLSTON, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan was arrested after holding two women hostage, state police said Sunday. Troopers were called to the man's home, a shed in Wellston about 85 miles (136.7 kilometers) north of Grand Rapids, shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday. One...

Attorney: Ex-officer who killed Lyoya shouldn't face trial

Jan. 10, 2023 18:33 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan police officer who shot a Black motorist in the back of the head during a struggle over a Taser should not have to stand trial, the defendant's attorneys argued as they urged a judge to dismiss the case. Ex-Grand Rapids Officer...

3rd western Michigan death may be from celebratory gunfire

Jan. 03, 2023 18:26 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A third death in western Michigan in the early moments of the new year may have been caused by celebratory gunfire, Grand Rapids police said Tuesday. The medical examiner has ruled the death of 16-year-old Joseph “Jo-Jo” Ivory Jr. a homicide from a...

Judge orders longest prison term so far in Gov. Whitmer plot

Dec. 28, 2022 13:30 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Delaware trucker described as an architect of the conspiracy to kidnap Michigan’s governor was sentenced Wednesday to more than 19 years in prison — the longest term yet given to anyone convicted in the plot. Prosecutors had sought a life sentence...

Co-leader of Whitmer kidnapping plot gets 16 years in prison

Dec. 27, 2022 17:29 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The co-leader of a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was sentenced Tuesday to 16 years in prison for conspiring to abduct the Democrat and blow up a bridge to ease an escape. Adam Fox’s sentence is the longest of anyone convicted in the plot...

Co-leader of 2020 plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is sentenced to 16 years in prison

Dec. 27, 2022 11:14 AM EST
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Co-leader of 2020 plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Lengthy prison terms for 3 who aided Whitmer kidnap plotter

Dec. 15, 2022 17:34 PM EST

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A judge on Thursday handed down the longest prison terms so far in the plot to kidnap Michigan's governor, sentencing three men who forged an early alliance with a leader of the scheme before the FBI broke it up in 2020. Joe Morrison, Pete Musico and Paul...

Grand Rapids police face 2 more discrimination charges

Dec. 14, 2022 12:45 PM EST

Michigan's civil rights watchdog announced two charges of discrimination against the Grand Rapids Police Department on Wednesday, further heightening scrutiny of the department following an officer's killing of a Black motorist in April. The charges came in response to complaints...