Eruption of gunfire during attempted robbery of 100 kilograms of cannabis ends with one resident injured and two co-conspirators dead.
A 30-year-old man has been sentenced to 17 years in federal prison in connection with a fatal robbery attempt more than four years ago.
Citing court documents, the office reports that the man and co-conspirators attempted the robbery at various times in November of 2017, but all failed. It was then decided that the group would steal the marijuana “by force by way of an armed robbery.”
They tried to do so on or about Nov. 18 into Nov. 19, 2017, but the plan did not unfold as intended.
After gathering at a home in Flint, with some co-conspirators carrying firearms, the now-sentenced man and some others drove to a nearby gas station to get enough fuel to make the trip to Sanilac County and to buy items needed for the robbery, including two boxes of lawn and leaf bags to package the weed.
After driving to the home they intended to rob, members of the group, some of them armed and all with their faces and hands covered, kicked in the home’s door and forcibly entered the house.
In an exchange of gunfire between the co-conspirators and the residents, one resident was hit in the leg and two would-be thieves were fatally injured.
The remaining group members then retreated and drove away in their vehicles.
“Our office is pleased that this sentence reflects our commitment to combat violent crime,” U.S. Attorney Dawn Ison says in the statement. “The U.S. Attorney’s office will work aggressively to protect the citizens of Sanilac County and across the Eastern District of Michigan,” Ison adds.
Two of the man’s co-conspirators have also pleaded guilty and are scheduled to be sentenced in February.
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