Juries convict 3 in carjacking, murder of local woman
GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -
Genesee County prosecutor David Leyton said that three separate juries have rendered guilty verdicts in the 2012 carjacking and murder of a Grand Blanc woman.
James Lee Horn, 21, of Flint, Nancy Edna Johnson, 34, of Davison, and Matthew Allen Riselay, 20, of Flint, were each charged and convicted of killing Grand Blanc's Leslie Mills, 55, on a Sunday night on March 4, 2012.
Authorities said Mills was getting gas at the Mobil gas station on Corunna Road in Flint Township when her assailants approached her at her car.
Leyton said Riselay was standing outside the open passenger door of Mills' vehicle and fired a single shot at her before dropping the gun. The prosecutor said Johnson then picked up the gun and shot her several more times. After being shot, Mills was shoved out of her car which was then driven away by her assailants.
An ambulance was dispatched to the gas station and Mills died while en route to the hospital.
Mills' car was found by police a short time later at the Economy Motel on Corunna Road. Police surveillance was set up, and suspects were arrested a short time later.
Leyton charged the three co-defendants with five felony counts including first-degree felony murder, carjacking and carrying a concealed weapon. Three separate juries were convened on April 23, 2013 and heard the cases against the three. Johnson and Riselay were convicted on all counts and Horn was convicted of two counts of second degree murder along with carjacking, carrying a concealed weapon, and felony firearm.
"Obviously, I am very pleased with these verdicts," said Leyton. "Justice has been served for Mrs. Mills, her family, and our community. My heart goes out to the victim's family and I can only hope that these verdicts can help them begin to find some sense of closure and assist them as they continue to go through the grieving and healing process."
A fourth defendant, 22-year-old Phillip Eason, pleaded guilty earlier this year to hiding the gun used in the slaying.
Johnson and Riselay could get life in prison when they are sentenced at a later date.
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