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Teen found guilty of murder in shooting outside mall

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

A Detroit teen has been found guilty of first-degree murder for his role in the fatal shooting of another teen outside Eastland Mall in 2015, according to the Harper Woods Department of Public Safety.

Tyler Tate, 17, was convicted Wednesday for the execution-style killing of 16-year-old Tyrell Lane on Dec. 26, 2015.

According to police, Lane, an Eastpointe resident, was shot five times as Tate led him out of the Burlington Coat Factory to the shooter, Brendon Stanton-Lipscomb.

Tate, who was 16 at the time of the murder, was tried and convicted as an adult. Because of his age, Tate will not spend mandatory life in prison, but will serve at least 25 years, police said. He will be sentenced by Third Circuit Judge Kevin J. Cox on April 24.

Tate was the fourth and final suspect convicted in the case.

“All four violent criminals responsible for the murder of Mr. Lane have now been removed from our community,” Harper Woods Police Chief Jim Burke wrote in a statement Friday. “I am extremely proud of the excellent work by our patrol officers and our detective bureau, led by Deputy Chief Ted Stager, and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for their relentless efforts to successfully convict all four defendants.”

The shooter, Brendon Stanton-Lipscomb, was convicted of first-degree murder in July. He is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison.

Demetrius Armour, the getaway driver, was sentenced to a minimum of 40-60 years in prison on a first-degree murder conviction in the case, police said.

Tyshon Taylor, who provided information on victim’s location within the mall, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. He was sentenced to a minimum of 14-30 years in prison.

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