Second conviction adds second life sentence

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK – A Lincoln Park man sentenced in July for killing a 17-year-old was found guilty of a second murder on Sept. 1, and issued a second life term in prison.

Joseph Alan Bigelow, 20, was found guilty by a jury in the February murder of Dwight Osborn, 55. Prosecutors said that Bigelow was one of two people who on Feb. 4 approached Osborn from behind as he walked to work near Montie and Dix-Toledo. Osborn was shot in the back as he tried to run away from the two men, one of whom was determined to be Bigelow.

Previously, Bigelow was convicted in the shooting death of Brittany Burrell on Feb. 11 in the parking lot of Li’LEasy Bar, 978 Dix-Toledo Road. Burrell was in a van with 23-year-old Derob Mathis when Bigelow entered the vehicle and shot both Burrell and Mathis. Both were transported to the hospital, where Burrell died. Mathis was treated and survived the shooting.

Bigelow was sentenced to life in prison for the first-degree murder of Burrell, and also to 30 to 50 years for assault with intent to murder.

On Sept. 15, Bigelow sentenced to a second life term by Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Ryan.