Aaron Williams, 33, pleaded no contest Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the August 2010 killing of John “Andy” Mick. Williams and two other men previously stood trial in summer 2014 on charges from the killing.
Jurors found Williams guilty in July of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, felony firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm in Mick’s death. He was also charged with first-degree felony murder, but jurors were unable to return a verdict on that count.
A second trial on the murder charge was expected to begin Wednesday, but the plea agreement was reached before the case made it back in front of a jury.
“We agreed to 35 years on the minimum, plus two for felony firearm,” said Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton. “He’ll be 70 years old before he becomes parole-eligible.”
Williams’ attorney, Glenn Cotton, could not be reached for comment on the plea.
Authorities argued Mick was finishing his shift around 4 a.m. Aug. 14, 2010, at Riverview Village apartments, just north of downtown, when two men, Floyd Perkins and Kenya Hyatt, approached him and tried to steal his gun. A struggle ensued and Mick was shot to death.
Cotton said previously that his client provided the gun that was used in the robbery and killing.
Perkins and Hyatt were both convicted of first-degree felony murder during the 2014 trial and were sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Williams was previously sentenced to 25-50 years for the armed robbery charges. Those sentences will run concurrently to the murder sentence. A two-year felony firearm sentence will run consecutively.
Genesee Circuit Judge Judith A. Fullerton is scheduled to sentence Williams on the murder charge March 16.