A man is back behind bars after community outcry after he was released on $ 10,000 bail for allegedly shooting a 6-year-old boy.
Ryan Le-Nguyen is back in custody after his bail was raised to $ 100,000 at a hearing Thursday, Washtenaw County District Attorney Eli Savit told USA TODAY.
Washtenaw Sheriff’s deputies responded to calls that a 6-year-old was shot dead in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan on Sunday. They found the boy with a non-life threatening gunshot wound. He was taken to hospital for treatment and then released.
An altercation between the boy, aged 14 and 9, occurred with Le-Nguyen before the shooting, Derrick Jackson, information officer at the Washtenaw Sheriff’s Office told USA TODAY.
The incident was caught on a Ring camera and showed children running on a sidewalk when a gunshot goes off.
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Le-Nguyen was charged with assault with intent to kill, assault with intent to cause bodily harm and two firearms charges.
In Michigan, assault with intent to murder carries a lower sentence than attempted murder, and prosecutors have chosen the one with the heaviest sentences, Savit said.
Le-Nguyen was arraigned Monday and later released on $ 10,000 bail.
Jackson said the sheriff’s office had received numerous calls from disgruntled people in the community about the bond, but noted that the sheriff’s office did not issue a bond.
“It’s a process of prosecution and a court decision,” Jackson said.
Community outcry and disagreement with the district court’s ruling led the Washtenaw County District Attorney’s Office to file an emergency petition to quash Le-Nguyen’s bail.
“We share the pain and anger of the community of a child who is shot. And we know that for many, the pain and anger is compounded by the fact that the defendant was able to post his bail as set by the court, ”Savit said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
During the hearing, Le-Nguyen’s bail was increased to $ 100,000 and he was released into custody without incident.
“We are happy that the accused is back in detention, to ensure the safety of the community,” said Savit. “[He] was shot in the arm, but a few inches further and he is said to be dead.
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