Family to woman’s killer: ‘Prison is too good for you’

Grand Rapids

***CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Tia Mae Randall’s father spoke in court, not her brother. We regret this error, which has since been corrected.***

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man who shot and killed a Wyoming mother of two before leading police on a chase that ended in downtown Grand Rapids will spend the rest of his life in prison.

“You had the chance to walk away and you chose violence instead. Life in prison is too good for you for taking her from us,” Tia Mae Randall’s brother told convicted killer Adam Nolin during Monday’s sentencing proceedings in a Kent County courtroom. “You have taken Tia’s physical presence from this world, but she definitely lives on through her children.” 

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An undated courtesy photo shows Tia Mae Randall.

On Sept. 27, 2018, Nolin suspected his girlfriend Randall, a 27-year-old mother of two, was about to go on a date with another man. So he went to her mobile home in Wyoming in the Creekside Estates Mobile Home Park near 52nd Street and Clyde Park Avenue and shot her in the head. 

Nolin, 34, claimed in a call to his mother that he “blanked out” when he shot Randall.

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Adam Nolin listens in court during his Aug. 12, 2019, sentencing hearing.

That call was made moments after the murder and it was Nolin’s mother who called 911 to report the death. She said her son was crying, saying he couldn’t go to prison for the rest of his life. During testimony, she said her son told her he didn’t mean to kill Randall and threatened to kill himself.  

On the day of the killing, she gave her son’s cellphone number authorities and they called him. In his conversation with a dispatcher, Nolin urged authorities to reach his victim’s children before they got home from school because he knew the 4- and 7-year-old would be heartbroken.  

He told the dispatcher that Randall’s body was in the bathroom of the mobile home. When the dispatcher asked if her body was still there, Nolin answered, “Unless she grew wings and flew away.”  

He told the dispatcher that he believed Randall was planning to go out on a date with a co-worker at Mr. Burger because of text messages he read on her phone. He said he was upset by those alleged messages.  

Nolin led police on a cross-county police chase at speeds of more than 94 mph that ended on US-131’s S-curve when he crashed his car, hopped out and fired five shots at police. Grand Rapids police Officer Todd Wuis ultimately drove his cruiser into Nolin as he ran, still brandishing his gun. 

During his October arraignment, Nolin told a Wyoming District Court judge that police had abused him.  

“I want to make it very clear  that I do want to pursue charges against this, I want the courts, I want the public to view and I would like their opinion on the video and audio that is there,” Nolin said in October. 

During the June trial, defense attorney Charlie Clap maintained that Nolin “snapped” and the shooting was not premeditated. Clapp also said that his client wanted police to kill him. 

It took a jury three hours of deliberation to convict Nolin of first-degree murder, two counts of assault with intent to commit murder, third-degree fleeing a police officer, carrying a concealed weapon and two other felony weapons charges.

On Monday, Randall’s brother, Derek Randall, also repeated family claims that Nolin was abusive toward his sister.

“Tia is no longer suffering your physical, emotional, controlling abuse. The children will no longer have to witness it,” Derek Randall said. “We can only hope that somebody treats/mistreats you the way you did Tia and her children.” 

Nolin did not make a statement, but did ask the judge where he could send his appeal request papers. 

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