Man sentenced for Jan. 2013 murder

DeVonte Warren. (Jan. 15, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The man who shot and killed a man when he opened the door to his home in January 2013 has been sentenced.

DeVonte Warren, 18, was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murder, plus two years for a felony weapons charge.

A jury found Warren guilty in April of murdering 18-year-old Gregory Woods.

An undated courtesy photo of Gregory Woods.
(An undated courtesy photo of Gregory Woods.)

Woods was shot and killed on Jan. 8, 2013 after he answered the door of his Neland Avenue SE home.

Warren was 17 at the time. Because he was a juvenile at the time of the murder, a sentence of life in prison was not mandatory.

Woods’ was one of nine homicides in the City of Grand Rapids between mid-December 2012 and mid-January 2013. Only one of those — the death of Robyn Griggs-Johnson — appears to remain unsolved.

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