Man guilty of Wyoming gas station murder

Kent County
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man was convicted Thursday of murdering a gas station clerk in Wyoming last year.

It took a jury about 90 minutes to find Willie Bryant Jr. guilty of all charges, including felony murder, armed robbery and a weapons charge as a fourth-time habitual offender.

Bryant shot and killed Shannon Rozanski-Schoen, a 48-year-old mother of four, at the Marathon at the intersection of 28th Street and Buchanan Avenue on the morning of May 21, 2018. He took off, sparking a 15-hour manhunt in metro Grand Rapids before he was finally arrested that night while he waited in line at the Medical Mile McDonald’s.

The next day, he was defiant in court, arguing to the judge that he should get a bond because “they don’t have any evidence against me.”

“All they got is accusations, bro — I mean, your honor,” Bryant said. “They never caught me with no gun or none of that.”

During the four-day trial, jurors saw surveillance video from inside the gas station. It showed Bryant’s face and that he was wearing the same clothes that he was arrested in later the same day.

Bryant was also suspected in two other shootings in the days leading up to the murder, one of which wounded a 55-year-old woman and another that wounded a couple. Grand Rapids police said they had been looking for him before the murder.

Bryant’s cousin Gary Bryant was also charged in connection to the killing. He ultimately pleaded guilty to an assault charge in exchange for the murder charge being dropped.

Willie Bryant, 34, faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison when he is sentenced April 11.

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