Shooting at Southeast Side intersection brings gunman decades in prison

G.R. man sentenced for shooting rival seven times

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (WZZM) - A Grand Rapids man convicted of attempted murder for a street shooting last summer in which the victim was struck seven times was sentenced Thursday to more than three decades in prison.

A Kent County jury last month found Clifton Terron Lee III guilty of assault with intent to murder and felony use of a firearm for the Aug. 6, 2015 shooting at Franklin Street and Eastern Avenue SE.

It was among several shootings that prompted an “End the Violence’’ march through the Southeast Side neighborhood a year ago.

Kent County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Leiber sentenced him to between 35 and 70 years in prison for the shooting. That sentence will begin after Lee completes a mandatory two-year term for a weapons offense.

The victim, Sammitrice U. Curry, was walking towards a BP gas station when he was shot from a range of about 15 feet, with most of the shots striking him in the legs.

Curry and his assailant were involved in a dispute a few days before the shooting, court records show. He testified that he “kept getting shot’’ after falling to the ground.

Curry didn’t identify his assailant until three weeks after the 2 a.m. shooting. “I didn’t want to tell the police; I wanted to handle it myself in my own way,’’ Curry testified at an earlier hearing.

When he was arrested last September, Lee was out on bond for misdemeanor offenses in Grand Rapids. He has prior felony convictions, including one in Kent County for resisting and obstructing police.

Lee, 23, earlier this year rejected a plea deal from the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office that would have dropped the charge of being a habitual felony offender with a recommendation he serve a minimum term of about 11 years in prison.   

A jury began hearing the case in early August, but it ended in a mistrial. A second jury was seated Aug. 8 to rehear the case.


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