Last-minute plea in murder of Musk. Heights teen

Shundarius Lawson. (April 2014)

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WOOD) – A 21-year-old man charged with the shooting death of a Muskegon Heights basketball player will spend even more time in prison.

The trial of Shundarius Lawson was supposed to start Tuesday. However, the Muskegon County prosecutor tells 24 Hour News 8 that Lawson instead pleaded no contest to second degree murder in connection with the death of 17-year-old Marquis Gresham.

Left to right: Dequarius Love and Marquis Gresham.
Left to right: Dequarius Love and Marquis Gresham.

Gresham was shot and killed in April 2014 while walking to a post-season basketball tournament.

A second man, Ryheim Beasley, was also charged in connection to the shooting. According to county jail records, Beasley also had a court date scheduled for Tuesday.

Left to right: Shundarius Lawson and Ryheim Beasley. (April 2014)
Left to right: Shundarius Lawson and Ryheim Beasley. (April 2014)

Lawson, 21, is currently in prison for second degree home invasion. A judge in February sentenced Lawson to 18 months to 15 years behind bars for that crime.

Lawson is expected back in court for sentencing Nov. 2.

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