GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A man accused of killing his brother and suspected of killing his brother's ex-girlfriend will spend at least 16 years in prison for an attempted armed robbery.
Royale Gold Runyon was sentenced Tuesday to 16 to 60 years in prison.
In September, a jury found him guilty of assault with intent to rob while armed, felony firearm, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, and assault with intent to murder.
Runyon tried to rob a man in the area of Cherry Street and College Avenue SE on Dec. 14, 2012, and then fired one shot at the victim.
Runyon allegedly used the same gun to shoot and kill his brother Mahdi Hayes, Jr. Hayes, 20, was found dead in an alley near Prince and Henry streets SE on Dec. 20.
Runyon was 18 when he was arrested Dec. 21 for the attempted armed robbery. He was charged with Hayes' murder in May 2013. He is scheduled to stand to trial in Hayes's death in January 2014.
Investigators also allege that Runyon used the same weapon Dec. 15 to shoot and kill 20-year-old Eve'Vana Galloway, a former girlfriend of Hayes. Runyon has not yet been charged with that crime.
Runyon has also been charged with perjury for allegedly lying to investigators under an investigative subpoena regarding one of the homicides.
Hayes' and Galloway's deaths were among nine homicides in the City of Grand Rapids between mid-December and mid-January. Of those, only one appears to remain unsolved; that of 47-year-old Robyn Griggs-Johnson.
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Two other people, who were inside the residence at the time, escaped safely.
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