BAY CITY, MI — After more than two years in prison, a Saginaw man has been convicted of hitting a cyclist with an SUV and stealing his wallet. As a result, he plans to spend at least a quarter of a century in prison.
A Bay County jury on Tuesday, March 15, found Morris A. Brown, 34, guilty of armed robbery and bribery or intimidation of a witness. Armed robbery is a life offense, but because Brown was convicted of a fourth misdemeanor as a repeat offender, his minimum sentence should be 25 years.
The robbery conviction stems from an incident that occurred on September 25, 2019. That night, police responded to the 500 block of South Madison Avenue in Bay City for a reported hit and run. They arrived to find a 51-year-old man lying in a lawn extension on the west side of the road, his damaged bicycle nearby. Paramedics were already providing medical aid.
While being treated by paramedics, the man told police he went to King’s Party Store, 1029 S. Madison Ave., to buy tobacco. After making his purchase, he was pedaling north on Monroe when a dark SUV he had noticed in the parking lot came up behind him and hit him, he said.
As the injured man lay face down, a man – Brown – got out of the SUV, approached him and took a wallet out of his pocket, then returned to the vehicle and drove off, the report said. police man. The man said he had $100 in his wallet.
Police determined that the striking vehicle had gone over the curb and onto a curb. The victim said the SUV had cracks in the passenger side of its windshield, according to court records.
The victim was transported to St. Mary’s in Saginaw before being transferred to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He suffered severe fractures to his legs and pelvis and was initially placed in critical but stable condition.
Police later spoke to the victim’s wife, who said he told her he believed her attacker was in the store at the same time, although he did not know him.
Police identified Brown as a suspect and arrested him two days later. Officers seized Brown’s girlfriend’s black 2019 Chevrolet Equinox, which had a crack in the passenger-side windshield and scratches and scuffs on its front bumper, court records show.
Brown’s witness intimidation conviction stems from the fact that he had multiple recorded phone conversations from the Bay County jail with a person. This person testified at Brown’s trial.
Bay County Circuit Judge Harry P. Gill presided over the trial and is due to sentence Brown at 1:30 p.m. April 25.
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