Remember Matt Gelderloos? He's the white pizza delivery driver in Muskegon, Michigan who, during his last night on the job and his last delivery of the night on December 10th, 2007, got a nasty going-away present. Four black teens back-jumped him, beat him up, then stole his money and his truck. Classical TNB. Read my previous posts from Dec. 16th, 2007 and Jan. 7th, 2008 to get up to speed on the case. The latest media story was published June 18th, 2008 in the Muskegon Chronicle.
Three of Gelderloos' four assailants have copped pleas, one of whom is already behind bars, and justice will soon overtake the fourth perp. The first one, 20-year old Ja'Qesha J. Walker of 3036 Seventh in Muskegon Heights, was sentenced on May 20th to six months in jail after pleading no contest to unarmed robbery. She was the one who called Jo-Jo's Pizza repeatedly to place the order for hot wings and to check when the driver would show up.
On Tuesday, June 17th, 2008, 16-year-old Devonte Ta-Shone Smith of 1881 Manz in Muskegon Heights pleaded as charged to carjacking and unarmed robbery. Smith was accused of stealing the pickup truck Gelderloos was using. And 16-year old Jaleel Shannon of 7 Lincoln in Muskegon Heights pleaded to carjacking. A charge of unarmed robbery was dismissed. Smith and Shannon are accused of beating Gelderloos and knocking him to the ground after he got out of the truck.
The fourth defendant, 18-year-old Shonta Chenee Peoples of 2633 Reynolds in Muskegon Heights, who is charged with unarmed robbery and who was scheduled to be tried on June 17th, is to be rescheduled because her Grand Rapids lawyer, John R. Beason, is in another trial. She allegedly supplied a phone book, the cell phone used to call the pizza place and the house the teens used as their base.
Fourteenth Circuit Judge James M. Graves Jr. scheduled sentencing for both for 8:30 A.M. July 1st. A no-contest plea is not an admission of guilt but results in conviction and is treated as a guilty plea at sentencing.
Six months is a slap on the wrist for Ja'Qesha Walker. She may have committed "unarmed" robbery, but she masterminded the whole frigging scheme. They better give the other perps more time. There's no evidence any of them are remorseful, otherwise they would have pleaded guilty rather than no contest. But then again, does a lion feel remorseful when it brings down a wildebeest?