Unsolved Murder Mysteries Debriefed: Richard Pruitt case

Unsolved Murder Mysteries

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)– On Saturday, August 16th, 2014 Sheri Pruitt’s life would change forever. It was that night around 3:30 a.m., when she woke up suddenly, moments before her son Richard was murdered.

The Murder.

Richard Pruitt was 17-years-old when he was murdered. The night of his death, Richard was out at a performance, he didn’t get home until 3:30 in the morning.

According to Richard’s mother Sheri, something told her to stand up and go to the window. That’s when it happened. She thought her son had fallen, so she ran downstairs. A gunman had fired a bullet into their home on the 5800 block of Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard just moments after Richard had walked through the door. He was shot. He didn’t survive.

You can learn more about Richard’s case in the video below.

Online Digital Exclusive

In the video above not only will year hear directly from Sheri Pruitt, but you’ll also hear from Lansing Police Detective Shannon Thielen.

Pruitt speaks with Sheri Jones and Chivon Kloepfer about the pain she’s felt over the last seven years, but also what she holds on to as she awaits justice. She remains hopeful her son’s case will be solved and knows that someone knows who killed him.

Thielen who heads up the Lansing Police Department Cold Case Crime Unit answers questions about what her role is with the department, and shares her message with families who are looking to the police for answers.

You can watch our full online show in the video at the top of the page.

Unsolved Murder Mysteries

Each month as part of the 6 News Unsolved Murder Mysteries, we’ll feature a new unsolved case in Mid-Michigan.

The details of the case will be aired on the second Thursday every month on 6 News at 6.

On the third Thursday of each month 6 News will air a special online show dedicated to the case.

More case information can be found here.


Anyone with information on this case, or any other case can contact the Lansing Police Department at 483-4600, or send a private message to the Lansing Police Department’s Facebook page. You can also leave an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 517-483-STOP

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