Brothers guilty of multiple felonies for abducting, shooting man in August
One of the brothers accused of abducting and shooting a man multiple times in Superior Township took a plea deal last week, while a jury found the other one guilty of multiple felony charges.
Courtesy of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office
Clinton Desir, 23, and Allan Tomlinson, 27, were charged with abducting and shooting Julien Butler on Aug. 10. With a jury trial scheduled to start last week, Desir elected to take a plea deal while Tomlinson took his chances at trial.
Desir pleaded no contest on Jan. 28 to assault with intent to murder and guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawful imprisonment, conspiracy to commit unlawful imprisonment and carrying a concealed weapon, records show.
In exchange, charges of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm, two charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to commit bodily harm and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony were all dropped, according to court records.
On Jan. 30, Tomlinson was found guilty of two counts of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm, reduced from two counts of assault with intent to murder, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of unlawful imprisonment, carrying a concealed weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to court records. Records also show that, in a bench trial, Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Donald Shelton found him guilty on two additional counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Two counts of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon were dismissed, according to court records. Desir and Tomlinson will be sentenced on Feb. 26.
According to testimony at a preliminary exam, the two men abducted Butler at gunpoint outside an Ypsilanti party store on Aug. 10. They drove him to a rural part of Superior Township before shooting him and leaving him bleeding on the side of Old Ford Road.
In court, Butler testified that the men accused him of raping the mother of Desir’s child. Butler denied that accusation at the preliminary exam. Butler suffered 13 wounds, causing severe injuries to his hip, thigh, buttocks and testicles. One of his hips has been replaced and a prosthetic bone was put in his thigh to replace a shattered femur.
Tomlinson has been previously convicted of a charge of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in 2005. He served six and a half years in prison on that charge.
Both Desir and Tomlinson remain in the Washtenaw County Jail.