Man pleads to shooting in online deal gone wrong

Anthony Tate
Anthony Tate's May 21, 2017 mug shot from the Kent County Correctional Facility.

**Correction: A previous headline for this article incorrectly stated Anthony Tate had been sentenced. That was not accurate. He pleaded guilty Tuesday. The article also incorrectly stated sentencing was scheduled for Nov. 3; it is actually scheduled Nov. 4.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — One of the men who tried to rob a man after setting up a laptop sale has pleaded guilty to multiple charges.

Anthony Tate, 26, pleaded guilty Tuesday to armed robbery, conspiracy to commit an armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon and a felony firearm charge as part of a plea deal.

In May, the 25-year-old victim was looking for a deal on a MacBook Pro and found one using an online app called OffUp, similar to Craigslist. When the victim arrived to the meeting area on Francis Avenue SE, he was held at gunpoint with a demand for money. He was shot once in the thigh. The bullet passed through his car seat after exiting his leg.

The shooter didn’t get away with any money or property from the victim.

Tate was scheduled to stand trial starting Monday.

A sentencing hearing is set for Nov. 4.