Beauty shop murder suspect found guilty

Times Herald Newspapers

A Detroit man was found guilty Feb. 16 of first degree murder in the March 15, 2011, shooting of a Dearborn businessman.

Tanaka Wells, 19 at the time of the crime, awaits sentencing March 13 in the shooting death of Jay Shin, 60, owner of Sunrise Beauty Supply, 4920 Schaefer.

Wells also was found guilty in Circuit Court on three counts of armed robbery and felony firearm for stealing 80 hair extensions (valued between $120 and $135 each) and robbing two customers during the crime.

Wells’ felony firearm charge carries an additional two years in jail. He was the only one carrying a gun, according to news reports.

Accomplice Ronnie Lamont Matthews, 18 at the of the crime, was sentenced Feb. 17, to 10 to 20 years in prison on a second degree murder charge. Matthews plead guilty to second degree murder earlier in his case.

Both men were arrested March 18, 2011, following an investigation that included the Detroit Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Joint Law Enforcement Violent Offender Task Force.

They were arraigned March 26, 2011.

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