LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Yelling, screaming, pushing and shoving.
That was the scene inside an Ingham County courtroom on Thursday.
It all happened after two teen murder suspects, a 13-year-old and a 17-year-old, accepted a plea deal in the fatal shooting of Noah Sisung.
On Oct. 22, 2021, Noah was shot and killed on Pennsylvania Avenue near Kendon Drive.
The argument was between the families and associates of the suspects and the victims.
As part of the agreement, the 17-year-old entered a guilty plea on assault with intent to rob while armed and for being an accessory after the fact of a felony.
The shooter, a 13-year-old boy, pleaded guilty to intent to rob while armed and for involuntary manslaughter.
Both of their murder charges were dismissed in the plea deal. Sisung’s mom, Trina Coolman, said she feels like they got away with murder.
“You shoot someone at point blank range in the chest… that is not unintentional and that is not recklessness which is the exact definition of involuntary manslaughter,” said Coolman.
Tensions were high after the plea deals were reached.
Police and security intervened, separating the two sides. The situation continued to escalate, but in the end there were no serious injuries reported.
Sisung’s parents said they’re frustrated with Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon and her office for accepting this plea deal.
“We really need to get this system of ours straightened out so this doesn’t happen. It’s too late for Noah. They already cut the deal. There’s nothing that can be done. Lets not let this happen to somebody else,” said Noah’s father, David Sisung.
This happened just one day after Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon announced that she would not charge two other juvenile suspects as adults in the death of 20-year-old Tomaz J. Shessia.
Shessia was killed near a bus stop by two teens on March 23.
In a statement, Siemon said childhood is ‘a unique and distinct chapter in life,’ and the law recognizes that.
“The juvenile court was created over 100 years ago, recognizing that children are different than adults and those unique differences should be considered by public agencies, including by courts and prosecutors,” Siemon said.
EDIT: This article’s headline has been updated to reflect where the incident took place. The headline originally stated that the argument happened inside a courtroom.