Horrific Murder and Felony Firearm in Flint, Michigan: Three Family Members Charged

Horrific Murder and Felony Firearm in Flint, Michigan: Three Family Members Charged, iStock-1138299265
Horrific Murder and Felony Firearm in Flint, Michigan: Three Family Members Charged, iStock-1138299265

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- On Friday, 1 May, 2020, at about 2 p.m., Calvin Munerlyn, 43, a security guard at a Dollar Store in Flint, Michigan, was shot and killed. 20 minutes earlier, at about 1:40, he had confronted a woman, Sharmel Lashe, and her daughter,  and ordered her daughter to wear a mask in the store, as required by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Stores are allowed to refuse service to customers if they are not wearing a mask.  The daughter left, but Sharmel got into an altercation with Calvin Munerlyn. Sharmel is reported as spitting on Munerlyn, then leaving in a red GMC Envoy.

Detroit News reports the event is recorded on surveillance video.

20 minutes later, security cameras showed Sharmel’s husband, Larry Edward Teague, 44, and her son, Ramonyear Travon Bishop, 23 arriving at the store in what appears to be the same vehicle. They confronted Munerlyn. The video is reported to show Bishop shooting Munerlyn, who was shot in the back of the head and killed.

Genesse Count Prosecutor David Leyton has filed charges against the three suspects.

Sharmel Lashe has been arrested on a first-degree murder charge and a firearms felony charge.

Her son, Ramonyer Travon Bishop, and her husband, Larry Edward Teague, are being sought. They have been charged with first-degree murder charges, felony firearms charges, and carrying a concealed weapon charges.

Larry Edward Teague is additionally charged with possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, a felony, an additional felony firearms charge, and violating the Governor’s order, a misdemeanor.

Michigan’s felony firearm law is somewhat unusual. It carries a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison for a conviction of possession of a firearm in the commission or attempted commission of a felony, any felony. The mandatory prison term is extended to five years for a second conviction, and ten for a third conviction. from legislature.mi.gov:

 750.227b Carrying or possessing firearm when committing or attempting to commit felony; carrying or possessing pneumatic gun; exception; “law enforcement officer” defined.

Sec. 227b.

  (1) A person who carries or has in his or her possession a firearm when he or she commits or attempts to commit a felony, except a violation of section 223, 227, 227a, or 230, is guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment for 2 years. Upon a second conviction under this subsection, the person shall be punished by imprisonment for 5 years. Upon a third or subsequent conviction under this subsection, the person shall be punished by imprisonment for 10 years.

Prosecutors routinely overcharge in order to have material to plea bargain with. It does not seem necessary in this horrendous crime, captured on video; but I am not the prosecutor in this case, nor am I a lawyer.

This was a nasty, unnecessary murder. No testimony has been released as to what was said between Sharmel, Ramonyer, and Larry Edward Teague.

So far, only one firearm is mentioned in this case. As a juror, I would want to know if two people could simultaneously be convicted of possessing a concealed weapon and if a person some distance away from the crime scene could also be convicted of possessing the same weapon. It would depend on Michigan statutes, case law, and precedent.

Perhaps there is a video of one man passing the firearm to the other; it is not said. Notice how the charge stacks. The first charge is a mandatory two years in prison. The second firearm felony is a mandatory five years in prison. In the case of Larry Edward Teague, that is seven mandatory years in prison before the concealed carry and first-degree murder charges, and felon in possession of a firearm sentence start.

The first question a good lawyer might ask Larry Edward Teague:  Did he know his stepson had a pistol in his possession?

AP reporters Corey Williams and Mike Householder worked hard to tie the murder to peaceful protests by Second Amendment supporters at the Michigan legislature. From apnews.com:

On Thursday, gun-carrying protesters and other demonstrators rallied inside the state Capitol, calling for coronavirus-related restrictions to be lifted. Some protesters with guns — which are allowed in the statehouse — went to the Senate gallery. Some senators wore bulletproof vests.

There is no evidence the murder had any political motivations, yet David Leyton, the Democrat prosecuting attorney for Genesee County, Michigan, attempted to tie the crime to politics.

“The hostile tone that we have seen in recent days on television and in social media can permeate our society in ways we sometimes don’t fully realize or anticipate,” Leyton told reporters Monday. “Decisions like staying home when we can, wearing a mask when going to the store and staying a safe distance from those around us — these should not be political arguments. They don’t necessitate acts of defiance, and we simply cannot devolve into an us versus them mentality.”

Leyton says wearing a mask should not be political, implying the murder was politically motivated when there was no evidence of political motivation.

A person has to twist their logic in pretzel shapes to smear peaceful protestors with an irrational murder.

It has become fashionable to have enhanced sentences for possession of a firearm in the course of a crime.

There are downsides to that policy. It singles out firearms for demonization; it increases the legal liability of firearms ownership; it conveys the message that, somehow, firearms are intrinsically “bad”.

As surveillance cameras become ever more common, it becomes more and more difficult for criminals to avoid being convicted for serious crimes.

This may be one reason the crime rate has been on a downward trend, overall, over the last two decades.



About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Buster
Buster(@buster)
1 year ago

No mention of the shooter(s) race, but I think I already know.

Cruiser
Cruiser(@cop1771)
1 year ago

Some people are just “bad seed.”

Buster
Buster(@buster)
1 year ago
Reply to  Cruiser

@Cruiser

Some life forms can be mistaken for people, when in fact they are sub sub-human.

Imagine the life that little girl has ahead of her now…and for what?

Wass
Wass(@wass)
1 year ago

Sorry to have to disappoint some of you, but Michigan is one of two states which does not and never had the death penalty, the other state-Hawaii.

loveaduck
loveaduck(@elbee1943)
1 year ago
Reply to  Wass

My state, WA, has done away with it. Fools!

jfrich
jfrich(@jfrich)
1 year ago

Some People are just Animals and are Incapable of Civil Behavior. They are a Very Small Percentage of the Population, but Cause the Vast Majority of the Problems with Violence in the Country. Gun Control Proponents are Nothing if Not Disingenuous, and They will Use every Opportunity that comes along to Try and Force Their Version Reality on the Clueless Masses.

OldGuy
OldGuy(@oldguy)
1 year ago

Today especially, too many people, too easily confuse, common sense or the ability to exercise “good sense and sound judgment in practical matters” with common cents or the amount coins commonly exchanged to equal a fractional dollar denomination. The charging of the prime suspect involved in the shooting and subsequent death should be charged with Murder 01 or pre-meditated murder and the other suspects should be charged as accessories to Murder 01. If the State of Michigan, is able, through their legislative wordsmithing to add additional enhancements to the charges then so be it, but the jury will likely decide… Read more »

WilliamR
WilliamR(@williamr)
1 year ago

This was an execution. No other way to describe this. Eye for an eye.

Sisu
Sisu(@sisu)
1 year ago

So much is wrong with this event – Politicians playing “medical experts” as justification for anointing themselves “tyrannical protectors”. A “rent a cop” and his employer anointing him “enforcer” of an unlawful edict regarding acceptable “accoutrements” – now deemed required standard garb of every human being. Mother unable to cope or respond to conflict (blame her parents, a failed education system, separation of church and state (think “Johnson Amendment”) and pandering politicians) primed (given no perspective and likely small vocabulary) to react with aggression, instinctively ready to “protect” her daughter. Husband and son (some distance away, in ready reserve; seems… Read more »

Grim
Grim(@biker)
1 year ago

Hang ‘em!

Tionico
Tionico(@tionico)
1 year ago
Reply to  Grim

live by the sword die by the sword. Live by the gun, die by the gun. Firing squad the only correct prescription. Line them all up at the same time, bound, no masks, facing their executioners. Let them feel the terror they inflicted upon their victim. But it won’t last very long.

JDT
JDT(@jdt)
1 year ago

Always assume you are on camera, they are everywhere and one day Skynet will be connected to all of them…

RoyD
RoyD(@royd)
1 year ago

“This was a nasty, unnecessary murder.” So, what would you consider to be a necessary “murder”?

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up(@daveeckartverizon-net)
1 year ago
Reply to  RoyD

Roy, I believe he meant unprovoked, no violent interaction prior to being shot in the back of the head. By definition, there is no “necessary” murder, as murder is an illegal act. There is homicide, that as the result of legal defense of self or others, results in the assailant’s demise, aka justifiable homicide.

RoyD
RoyD(@royd)
1 year ago

Well, Heed, you know how I am when someone misuses the English language; whether reading it or writing it. The word I would have used would have been “killing” because, as you so rightly pointed out, murder has a legal definition. Writing correctly and also reading comprehension seem to take a back burner these days. I am the old guy that yells at clouds.

SEMPAI
SEMPAI(@sempai)
1 year ago

Michigan wonderful place, even better govt officials.

Dave in Fairfax
Dave in Fairfax(@grammar)
1 year ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

Sempai, Actually if you like hunting and fishing, MI is really good. If you can avoid the big cities, it’s got great sights, wildlife, landscape and fun places to go. The politics is a bit further Left than is tolerable, but without Hell, how can Heaven be enjoyed.

SEMPAI
SEMPAI(@sempai)
1 year ago

I have experienced the U.P. as locals call it in spring beautiful place. But my heart belongs to W.V and my feet are stuck in FL sand. But it is a nice outside the cities place to go

WVwheelgunner
WVwheelgunner(@wvwheelgunner)
1 year ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

Snowbird!

Camotim
Camotim(@camotim)
1 year ago

But, but prosecuting these poor people is racism.

MagnumOpUS
MagnumOpUS(@magnumopus)
1 year ago

The root of this is the vindictive and tyrannical female DemoKKKrat Governor that the dumbasses in Michigan collectively voted to power. In her zeal for power and the lust to be picked as a Vice Presidential candidate, she wants her credentials affirmed. Look at all the female DemoKKKrats in power, they are all from the same demoniacal brood. When even Demokrat dronetards stop voting for females to be in high office, all people would already be better off. Republican and Conservative women in elected office, to the contrary, are strong, just, fair, personable and everything a Gretchen Whitmer can never… Read more »

Dave in Fairfax
Dave in Fairfax(@grammar)
1 year ago

Consider the source, Genesee County. Flint, Lansing, DEEEtroit.
A D&C on a geographic scale would make MI a much better place.

Macpuma
Macpuma(@mpipesaol-com)
1 year ago

Hmmm…I am a bit confused. A bunch of “white privileged, redneck racist” motivated a couple of African-American gangsta wantabes (maybe bes) to shoot another African-American security guard in the head for “disrespecting” their wife/momma. Yeah….right.

Tionico
Tionico(@tionico)
1 year ago
Reply to  Macpuma

Modren pergressive pawl la ticks in a nutshell…… clean out the nuthouse that masquerades as the Capitol

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill(@deplorable-bill)
1 year ago

Good job Dean. It’s a bad day for everyone when someone gets murdered. It’s sad, immoral and evil when someone tries to use a murder to gain political points. All the more reason to NOT vote for them and to prosecute them for doing so. There has got to be a law that is attributable to this fact. Where is the enforcer who will honor it? The second amendment clearly states “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”. Therefore any law repugnant to the 2A is actually illegal and those who legislate, lawyer,… Read more »

JIAZ
JIAZ(@jiaz)
1 year ago

Anthropomorphism:
Attribution of human motivation, characteristics, or behavior to inanimate objects, animals, or natural phenomena

Finnky
Finnky(@finnks)
1 year ago
Reply to  JIAZ

– Are you referring to writers who attribute human characteristics to the perpetrators of crimes such as this one – or to those who seem to think firearms act of their own volition?