Man sentenced in connection to Dantzler murders

Michael Allen
Michael Allen

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The man who sold Rodrick Dantlzer the gun he used to kill seven people in one day in Grand Rapids is headed to prison.

Michael James Allen was sentenced Monday in federal court to 10 years in prison — the maximum amount of time he was facing — after previously pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a pistol.

During the hearing in which he pleaded guilty to the charge, Allen admitted he sold the gun to Dantzler. Because Dantzler was an ex-convict, he couldn’t get a gun legally.

Dantlzer went on a shooting spree in July 2011, killing seven, including his wife, his 12-year-old daughter, his mother-in-law and father-in-law, an ex-girlfriend, that ex-girlfriend’s
sister and her 10-year-old daughter.

After leading police on a chase and a standoff that involved hostages, Dantzler committed suicide.

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