Man to testify against cousin in robbery that killed mom

Kent County
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WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — One of two cousins charged with murdering a mother of four while robbing a Marathon gas station has taken a plea deal that includes testifying against his cousin.

Gary Bryant has pleaded guilty to assault with intent to rob while armed, stemming from the May 21 robbery in which Shannon Rozanski-Shoen, 48, was shot and killed.

The plea agreement calls for Gary Bryant to testify in the prosecution of his cousin, 33-year-old Willie Bryant Jr.

A probable cause affidavit indicates Willie Bryant was seen on surveillance video at the gas station at 28th Street and Buchanan Avenue, demanding cash and twice shooting Schoen, who worked at the gas station.

Court records state Gary Bryant placed himself at the scene of the crime during a police interview. Investigators say the 58-year-old man stayed in the vehicle during the robbery attempt. 

“I don’t know why I got locked up for something I know nothing about,” Gary Bryant told 24 Hour News 8 in a jail interview not long after the murder.

Even with the murder charge dismissed, Gary Bryant still faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. His level of cooperation may determine the length of his eventual sentence.

The younger cousin still faces murder and armed robbery charges that could result in a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Both remain in jail without bond and no trial date has been set.

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