GR crime spree suspect heading to prison

An April 29, 2016 mug shot of Theodore Little. (Kent County Jail)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man who shot his girlfriend, stole a car then led officers on a chase through two cities will spend decades in prison.

A judge Tuesday sentenced Theodore Little to 25 to 75 years in prison for the series of crimes. He will serve an additional two years in prison for a felony firearm conviction in a related case.

Little shot his girlfriend, 27-year-old Daphanie Joiner, in the neck on April 28 when she was trying to evict him from their Grand Rapids apartment.

Police handcuff Theo Little and put him into a police vehicle. (April 28, 2016)
Police handcuff Theo Little and put him into a police vehicle. (April 28, 2016)

Little was arrested later that evening near John Ball Park after leading police on a chase through Grand Rapids. The chase started after police say Little stole a car and cash from a former co-worker at Specialized Staffing Solutions in Kentwood.

According to court documents, Little forced two employees at Specialized Staffing Solutions into two separate rooms at gunpoint. He forced one employee to disrobe. He then went to another room with a different employee whom he kissed and groped.

Little previously pleaded guilty to kidnapping, armed robbery, unlawful imprisonment, second-degree criminal sexual conduct, assault with intent to murder, fleeing and eluding and carrying a concealed weapon charges as part of a plea deal. Two other firearm charges were dismissed.

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