Runyon sentenced in half-brother’s murder

Royale Runyon and Mahdi Hayes
Royale Runyon and Mahdi Hayes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids man has learned his fate after being convicted in the murder of his half-brother.

Royale Gold Runyon, 18, was sentenced Tuesday in Kent County Circuit Court to spend 30 to 90 years in prison in Mahdi Hayes’ death.

In January, a jury found Runyon guilty of second-degree murder and felony firearms. It took the jurors less than 30 minutes to deliberate.

Hayes was shot to death in an alley near Henry Street SE and Prince Street SE on Dec. 20, 2012.

Grand Rapids police also believe Runyon is a “strong suspect” in the murder of Hayes’ former girlfriend, Eve’Vana Galloway, who was killed on Dec. 15, 2012.

Investigators said they think Runyon used the same weapon in both murders, as well as in an armed robbery in which he was convicted in September.