Brawl Breaks Out Before Sentencing In Murder Case 12-16-2010 - KCTV5 News

Brawl Breaks Out Before Sentencing In Murder Case 12-16-2010

Emotions ran high in a Kansas City courtroom on Thursday as a fight broke out just moments before the sentencing of a man who was convicted of shooting two people in a robbery.
Members of defendant Michael Gunn's family were involved in a disturbance before the start of the proceedings at the Jackson County Courthouse.
Court records said that in April 2000, Andrew Eli, 23, and Justin Budreau, 24, were asleep in an apartment near 59th Street and Tracy Avenue when Gunn, Eria Dass and Larry Marshall burst in, robbed them and shot each in the back of the head. Eli was renovating the apartment and Budreau had just come to visit.
Gunn was found guilty of two counts each of second-degree murder and robbery after a two-day bench trial. He was also found guilty of four counts of armed criminal action.
Gunn was sentenced on Thursday to 50 years in prison. Members of both victims' families gave emotional testimony during the sentencing hearing. Eli was an up-and-coming restaurant manager. Boudreau was engaged and his wedding was to have been a month after he was killed.
Gunn insisted that he was not the shooter. He said he didn't know the shooting was going to happen.
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