A man fired a dozen shots at a 64-year-old veteran, leaving the victim dead on the pavement outside an apartment.
Now, the gunman will head to prison.
Recently, a Michigan judge sentenced Jordan Pierre Johnson to 25 to 45 years of incarceration after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Johnson killed Michael Vines in February at an apartment complex in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Prosecutor Gregory Russell called the killing of Vines “senseless,” according to Mlive.com.
The shooting was filmed by surveillance video and Russell said the victim had his hands up pleading for his life. That is when roughly 20 shots were fired, according to the report.
Johnson had to change the firearm he was using after emptying one gun, according to Mlive.com.
“(Johnson) came to Kalamazoo with two guns. He went to victim’s address. He found Mr. Vines at that address. He then confronts Mr. Vines,” Russell said, according to Mlive.
“He empties one gun and then fires four more shots with the second gun. .... In the final shot, Mr. Johnson leans in toward the defendant as if to finish Mr. Vines off.”
The video also showed Johnson leaving the scene, then getting out of his vehicle and firing more shots at the Army veteran as he laid on the parking lot pavement, the report noted.
When police arrived, they found a gunshot wound to Vines’ head. Officers tried to provide first aid, which is when they found Vines had been shot several more times, according to Mlive.
Johnson was identified as the suspect and arrested the next day. He told police that he was angry Vines was in a relationship with his child’s mother, according to Mlive.
At a sentencing hearing, Johnson gave a brief apology to the victim’s family, according to Mlive.
Johnson’s attorney, Edwin Johnson III, described the crime as a heat-of-the-moment shooting and said Johnson was upset when he was told the child wasn’t his.
“He recognizes and knows the action he took was not appropriate in any manner and that Mr. Vines should not have been punished like this,” Johnson III said, according to Mlive.
Johnson also pleaded guilty to gun charges and will serve those punishments at the same time as the murder sentence.
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