Man sentenced for 2012 double homicide

Michael Norris. (July 15, 2013)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A man who was found guilty of a 2012 Grand Rapids double homicide has been sentenced.

Michael Norris was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison. In February, he was found guilty of 10 counts including felony murder and attempted murder.

Norris and another man, Manuel Rosado, were charged in July 2013 for the Sept. 3, 2012 murders and another shooting on the same night that wounded two men.

Left to right: Michael Norris and Manuel Rosado. (July 15, 2013)
(Left to right: Michael Norris and Manuel Rosado. July 15, 2013)

The first shooting happened around 2:10 a.m. on Burton Street west of Division Avenue, where Grand Rapids police found 45-year-old Felix Reyes-Santos and 20-year-old Alvero Carillo-Mendez dead. A third man, Baldomero Perez-Perez, had been shot in the mouth. He was hospitalized and survived.

The second shooting happened a little more than an hour later on Griggs Street SW near Buchanan Avenue — only about half a mile from the first shooting. When officers arrived on the scene after a 911 call, they found Cesar Reyes-Rojas and Ariel Vasquez had both been shot in the chest. They were hospitalized and both survived.

The motive was robbery, GRPD said. After things went bad at the first scene on Burton Street and the suspects didn’t get any money, they decided to try it again.

Rosado was charged with three counts of assault with intent to commit armed robbery as a habitual offender in the Burton Street incident.

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