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U.S. Attorney General Will Not Seek Death Penalty

Friday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced in a letter he will not seek the death penalty for the four men accused in the 2010 Lansing murder of Shayla Johnson.

Prosecutor's say the defendant's were part of the Block Burner's gang, whose members robbed others of cocaine and marijuana and then sold it.

Her daughter was murdered in the summer of 2010 in Lansing, since then those believed to be responsible have been caught.

Lori Black, Shayla's mother tells 6News that she tried to be as patient as possible during this process, but says she hoped this would be the year authorities would be able to seek the death penalty against those accused of killing Shayla.

 But now that she learned that isn't an option, it's something she can't understand.

The defendants in this case face a laundry list of charges, four of them face drug charges, including drug trafficking resulting in death as well as firearms charges.

Three of the other defendants have multiple counts against them as well and because of that Black wonders why the death penalty isn't an option.

"My immediate response was I wanted to call the person that made the decision and ask them if your child was thrown into the trunk of a car and shot multiple times what would you want to happen to that person who committed that crime," Lori Black said.

Lori Black says she plans to meet with the prosecuting attorney next week to discuss where to go from here, but says she wouldn't want anything less than life without parole.

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