GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A Grand Rapids man was sentenced to between 25 and 50 years in prison for a late September shooting on the city’s Southeast Side that killed one person and left the victim’s teenaged stepson critically injured with a gunshot to the neck.
Martez McLaughlin, 22, will also have to serve a mandatory two years for using a gun during a felony.
McLaughlin was arrested a day after the Sept. 26 shooting. He was charged with open murder, attempted murder and felony use of a firearm for the 9:30 p.m. incident on Eastern Avenue near Oakdale Street SE.
The shooting followed a dispute at a home on Eastern. After being shot once in the chest, 38-year-old Joseph Charles Banks fled to nearby party store, where he collapsed and died.
Grand Rapids police performed CPR on the wounded boy, identified as Banks’ stepson. He has since recovered. Friends and family held a vigil two days later outside O&E Party Store on Eastern, near the shooting scene.
Kent County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Rossi also sentenced McLaughlin to between 14½ and 30 years for attempted murder. That sentence will run concurrent with the murder sentence.
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