DETROIT (WWJ) - A man accused of fatally shooting a 28-year-old Detroit father, who was waiting with his two young sons in the drive-through of a fast-food restaurant, has been convicted of multiple charges in the case.
After a bench trial, 24-year-old Dezmen Faqua was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder, armed robbery, carjacking, assault with intent to do great bodily harm, felon in possession of a firearm and felony firearm in the death of Christopher Reed last summer.
Authorities say Faqua shot Reed multiple times on June 6 as the man sat in his vehicle at a Wendy's in the 22000 block of Grand River in northwest Detroit. One of Reed's sons, a 9-year-old, was also shot in his right thumb.
Reed's car, cash and a Rolex watch were taken after the shooting.
Reed was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His son received treatment at a local hospital and was released.
Faqua is due back in court for sentencing on January 6.
Faqua is no stranger to the legal system. According to the Michigan Department of Corrections, he was released from jail in Jan. 2014 after serving a three-year sentence in connection with a laptop theft ring in Detroit. Faqua, who was 19 at the time, was convicted of receiving and concealing stolen property.
In that case, Faqua was one of 10 men involved in the theft of 104 Detroit Public Schools laptop computers, valued at $158,000. Authorities say the ringleaders broke into schools and stole the computers, which were then sold online and to acquaintances. The case also involved Michigan State football player Dion Sims, who pleaded guilty to similar charges. Sims, who now plays for the Miami Dolphins, was sentenced to a year of probation and 15 hours of community service.
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