Man sentenced in connection to 2013 shooting

Dashawn Bates. (July 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) — A felon was sentenced Tuesday to prison for possession of a firearm in connection to a 2013 shooting that left a man dead and a woman critically injured.

Convicted drug dealer Dashawn Lamarr Bates, 33, was sentenced to nine years in a federal prison.

He previously pleaded guilty to owning a 9mm semi-automatic pistol that was used during a shootout in Muskegon last summer.  The July 9, 2013 shooting on Monroe Avenue near Fifth Street left Alex Brown dead and injured bystander Carmesha Rogers.

Video taken on a cellphone shows Bates arguing with a group of young men on Monroe Avenue, according to federal court documents. Bates is then seen giving an item to =Brown from his waistband. Later, Bates becomes involved in a fistfight with some of the men on the street.

Brown then pointed two handguns at the group of men before being shot in the back. The single shot severed his spine, killing him, court documents show.

As he fell, he turned away from the group of men he initially pulled the guns on and fired shots toward a house.

Rogers, 27, was struck in the head by a stray bullet while she was trying to protect some children who were outside. She has recovered from her injuries.

Carmesha Rogers. (Undated courtesy photo)
(Carmesha Rogers. Undated courtesy photo)

Officers later found several bullet holes and damage to a house Brown had shot toward and three nearby vehicles, and a bullet in the ceiling of a house on the other side of the street. The bullets came from a 9mm and a .40-caliber handgun, court documents show.

After the shooting, another person admitted to taking the two guns Brown pulled to Brown’s house across the street. Police later found those guns wrapped in foil and soaked in Lysol, according to court records.

Bates was arrested July 10 and then told police he had  been in possession of the 9mm and that he gave it to Brown just before the shooting.

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