Man pleads guilty to murder in death of Lansing homeless man

Published: Sep. 18, 2018 at 5:41 PM EDT
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An area man pleaded guilty last week to second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a Lansing homeless man.

Brandon Addiss is facing a 40-year minimum sentence, according to the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 24.

Lansing police found the body of 53-year-old John Darnell Jr. in a river near Scott Woods Park in Lansing on Oct. 12, 2017.

Brandon Addiss was arrested by the Michigan State Police First District Fugitive Team on Oct. 12 for an outstanding parole violation warrant.

After his arrest, police received a call from Amber Kohls' father. He informed police that Kohls confessed to committing a homicide that she, Addiss and Matthew Green were involved with. Green and Kohls told her father that they had committed the murder in self defense, and had hidden the body.

Kohls indicated to police that she was involved in Darnell's murder. Green claimed he was involved only in disposing of the body.

Green, 27, was sentenced to 18 to 60 months in prison for accessory after the fact to murder on Aug. 8, according to the prosecutor's office.

Kohls, 26, is scheduled for trial on a charge of open murder on Oct. 15, according to the prosecutor's office.