Sentences Handed Down for Shooting, Killing Lansing Teen

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Grand Rapids (WILX) Four men were sentenced in federal court Thursday for the 2010 murder of a Lansing teen.

The longest sentence, life plus a consecutive term of seven years, was given to 36-year-old Charles Kunta Lewis.

Mustafa Al-Din, 25, was sentenced to 50 years in prison and his 24-year-old brother Wallee was sentenced to 60 years.

24-year-old Raphael Crenshaw was sentenced to 47 1/2 years in prison.

All were members of a violent Lansing Street gang known as the Block Burners. They were convicted of killing 19-year-old Shayla Johnson in the summer of 2010, ending a six-week spree of robberies and beatings for drug, money and other valuables.

After a two-week trial, they were convicted of conspiring to commit drug trafficking crimes and robbery, and using a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime resulting in murder.

The killers thought Johnson had access to a large number of marijuana plants. They kidnapped her from her Lansing home and put her in the trunk of their car, but when Johnson resisted, she was shot repeatedly.

“These lengthy sentences highlight the acts of senseless violence committed by these individuals; their actions were particularly heinous and brutal,” said Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Steven Bogdalek.

Lewis' son, Charles Lewis, Jr, also participated in the killing when he was just 13-years-old. He is serving a life sentence in a prison for juveniles.

His case is being reviewed annually to determine if he will be eligible for release after he turns 21.



 
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