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Charges issued in Flint shooting death, home invasion

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(12/04/12) - Charges have been issued in the November shooting death of a 21-year-old Mauricia Christensen.

It's not the first time these men have been charged with murder.

Brandon Sillman, 22, and Quandrice Shelby, 19, now face charges in Christensen's death.

Police have said she was killed during what appears to be an attempted home invasion.  She was shot, inside of a home, in the 100 block of East Gracelawn on Flint's northside the night of Nov. 11.

The charges, in online records, indicate there were four other victims. There are multiple counts of the same assault and armed robbery related charges.

Sillman and Shelby also face carjacking, home invasion and gun charges - 20 counts total for Sillman and 19 for Shelby, according to online court records.

Both are being held without bond in the Genesee County Jail and have court hearings scheduled in the very near future.

Police in Flint Tuesday confirmed they believe there is at least one other person who could have been connected to these crimes - 23-year-old Kenyatta Johnson.

Johnson was found murdered on the city's northside two days after Christensen's shooting death.

Johnson had been shot several times.  His body was found Nov. 13 in a vacant lot near Warren and Chippewa. Someone called 911 around 5 p.m. Police said it appeared his body had been there for awhile.

Police said his family and friends last saw him two days before his body was found.  That was the same night Christensen was murdered.     

There has been no suspect information released in his murder.

Sillman and Shelby are not strangers to the system.

Shelby, at just 14, was charged as an adult in the June 2008 shooting death of Richard Scrivner during a basketball game at Hasselbring Park.  A 14-year-old boy was also injured.  Police say they were innocent victims. 

Shelby's charges were dismissed months later because witnesses wouldn't testify, according to police.

In November that same year, Flint Police say Sillman, 18 at the time, and Richard Harrison shot and killed Pastor Herbert Hart in a case of mistaken identity.

The allegation is they opened fire thinking they were shooting at someone with a bounty on his head.

Hart was innocently driving through the intersection of Myrtle and Marvin.

Sillman pleaded to a weapons charge and testified against Harrison at trial.  Harrison was convicted of second degree murder and felony firearms and is servicing a life sentence.   He is now 23.

At his sentencing, in September 2009, Harrison apologized to Hart's family, but maintained he did not kill Hart.

Sillman's been out of prison since June, according to online records.

Police continue to investigate Christensen's murder and the other crimes connected to it. 


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