DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A Detroit gas station clerk who fatally shot a customer during a dispute over the price of condoms has received a prison sentence of 4 years, 5 months to 17 years.
A Wayne County Circuit Court jury on June 25 found 23-year-old Ibrahim Saleh guilty of manslaughter and possessing a firearm in a felony in the slaying of Michael Haynes at a BP gas station on Detroit’s west side.
A judge issued the sentence Thursday.
A witness said on March 10, 2012, Haynes, 24, bought a box of condoms, but made a comment that he was overcharged and could have bought them somewhere else for a cheaper price. After being told he couldn’t get a refund, Haynes reportedly began knocking over shelves of merchandise. That’s when, according to police, Saleh stepped out from behind bullet-proof glass, entered the merchandise area and shot Haynes as he was leaving the business.
He later died of his injury.
Protests were held at the gas station, on Fenkell and Meyers, in the weeks following the shooting. The incident also led to a discussion about conflict resolution between gas station attendants and Detroiters.
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