Suspects arraigned in gas station murder

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WYOMING, Mich. --  The two suspects accused of killing a West Michigan mother were charged in court Thursday morning.

Willie Bryant Jr. and his cousin Gary Bryant are both facing felony murder charges and were arraigned in Wyoming district court Thursday in the shooting death of 49-year-old Shannon Rozanski-Schoen.

The mother of four was shot and killed during an armed robbery at the Marathon gas station at  28th Street and Buchanan in Wyoming Monday morning.

Court documents allege that Willie Bryant is seen on surveillance video demanding cash from employees at the gas station while pointing a handgun at them.  Investigators say Gary Bryant was the getaway driver. Both are being charged as habitual offenders.

The judge denied bond for both men.  Both men also entered pleas of 'not guilty.'

Willie Bryant was arraigned Tuesday on Attempted Murder charges in Grand Rapids for a shooting that occurred on Sunday that critically injured a woman and police believe Willie Bryant may have been connected to additional shootings in Grand Rapids last weekend.


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  • C

    Maybe it’s because I’m getting old, but to me in incidents like this, regardless of circumstances resulting in death, we need to permit the death penalty in Michigan. If an individual is found guilty of first degree murder they have a period of time, perhaps three years to appeal the decision or find evidence to reverse the verdict. After that time, execution is carried out, period. They say that capital punishment is not a deterrent to crime. If the murderer knows that he’s not going to be on death row for fifteen years or more, but instead a lot less, it might make them think just a bit. Oh, as added benefits, it would save taxpayers’ money on court costs and prevent repeat offenders. They’ve forfeited their right to be living among the lawful and society deserves better.

  • Social Destruction

    Goodbye Grand Rapids……. hello Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, Detroit, Muskegon, Flint,,,,,,,

  • Augster

    The lack of outrage is what saddens me. An old woman, working a low-wage job that’s obviously dangerous gets gunned down because a couple of turds need $100. Had she shot them in defense, the ACLU and NAACP would be arguing that she should have used less lethal means. A true victim with no advocates.

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