Jury in Grand Rapids finds man, 25, guilty of 1st-degree murder in robbery-killings of 2 men


GRAND RAPIFDS, Mich. — A jury in western Michigan has convicted a 25-year-old man of first-degree murder for the robbery slayings of two men outside a Grand Rapids convenience store.

The Kent County Circuit Court jury reached the verdict Thursday in the trial of Michael Norris. He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole when Judge Paul Sullivan sentences him March 11.

Authorities say Norris and 27-year-old Manuel Rosado decided to rob three men leaving a store Sept. 3, 2012.

Rosado says Norris unexpectedly shot the three men, killing two and seriously wounding the third.

Forty-five-year-old Felix Reyes-Santos and 22-year-old Alvaro Carrillo-Menendez died, while Baldomero Perez-Perez survived a gunshot in the mouth and testified against Norris.

The Grand Rapids Press reports authorities say Norris wounded two other men while fleeing.