Man gets 25 to 50 years in prison for deadly Grand Rapids shooting

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.

Earlier: 1 person killed, another critically injured in Grand Rapids shooting

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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