Man sentenced to 14-17 years in Detroit teen’s slaying
A 27-year-old Detroit man will be imprisoned for up to 17 years for his role in the kidnapping and murder of a 13-year-old Detroit boy who scooped up money that another man dropped outside a party store earlier this year.
Ernest Coleman, 27, pleaded guilty last month to torture, unlawful imprisonment, felon in possession and felony firearm following the May 31 kidnapping and death of 13-year-old Deontae Mitchell.
He was sentenced Thursday to 12-15 years in prison plus an additional two years for the felony firearm charge, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.
Coleman’s mother, 44-year-old Lillian Roberts, and her boyfriend, 45-year-old Gregory Walker, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and kidnapping. Walker also admitted to an additional charge of felony firearm. The two are scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 18.
Deontae was last seen on surveillance footage being forced into a car outside Nino’s Market on Detroit’s east side. The boy was snatched after picking up $70 allegedly dropped by a drunken Walker, according to testimony by the boy’s cousin.
Prosecutors alleged the teen was driven around the city while Walker tried to force the boy to tell him where he lived. A witness said the teen cried and begged to be released, his hands bound with white rope. Coleman is accused of restraining Deontae during the ordeal.
Deontae’s body was found June 2 in an east side field.