Gunman enters pleas in deadly 28th Street shooting at after-hours party

A Grand Rapids man pleaded no contest today to second-degree murder for a deadly shooting last fall at a storefront on 28th Street.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A Grand Rapids man has entered pleas for an October shooting at an after-hours party on 28th Street SE that left one dead and eight others wounded.

Jokari Lowery, 21, pleaded no contest to second degree murder and felony use of a firearm. In exchange for his pleas, several other charges, including gang membership felonies, were dismissed.

The Oct. 9 shooting happened at an after-hours party at Clearance Outlet on 28th Street east of Kalamazoo Avenue SE.

Juwan Montez Boykin, 21, died at the scene. Police found a crowd of at least 50 people outside the business. Eight others attending the party were treated for gunshot wounds.

Lowery was arrested in late January.

Under a plea agreement, the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office will recommend that Lowery be sentenced to a minimum of 28 years for second degree murder. He also faces a mandatory two-year term for using a gun during a felony.

He is being held in the Kent County Jail without bond. Lowery will return to Kent County Circuit Court for sentencing next month.

Lowery had seven delinquency cases as a juvenile; offenses included destruction of property and possession of a BB gun.

In September, 2014, Lowery was charged with carrying a concealed weapon after Grand Rapids police found him with a loaded handgun inside a vehicle at Logan Street and Fuller Avenue SE.  He was sentenced to 150 days in jail in that case.

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