(10/28/13) - The family of a Saginaw man murdered earlier this year was disappointed that two of the men charged in the case are not heading to prison - for now.
Gregory Gross was beaten to death outside a home back in February and was the city's first murder of 2013.
Two of the four men charged in the case plead guilty to second degree murder and were scheduled to be sentenced to prison on Monday.
When William White came to the lectern to find out how long he would spend behind bars for his role in the beating death of Gregory Gross, Gross' parents were getting their first look at the man who was facing at least 30 years in prison.
Circuit Court Judge Robert Kaczmarek delayed the sentencing of White, and co-defendant Demarkus Bowes, who faced at least 15 years in prison. Donald and Mary Gross drove in from Ithaca and were a little disappointed.
"It's hard to understand the reasoning. I suppose they have reasons," Donald said.
The reason is that Elmer Curry, who also plead guilty to second degree murder, no longer has that plea agreement after he refused to testify at the trial of the fourth defendant, Daquavis Martin. Martin was found guilty of first degree premeditated murder earlier this month. Curry faced at least 20 years in prison in the plea deal, but if he's convicted in a trial, he faces life.
"I hope he regrets his decision, because there is more evidence against him than anyone. He was driving the car, it was his choice to stop," Mary said.
That choice to stop the car lead to the beating death of Gregory Gross, who was walking home from a friend's house after finishing a flooring job. Police say White, Bowes, Curry and Martin beat Gross because they were drunk and looking for someone to beat up.
"Animals don't kill for fun, they kill to eat or protection, but they don't kill for fun," Mary said.
Martin is scheduled to be sentenced to life in prison next week.
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