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Teen Gets at Least 53 Years in Carjacking Of Officer

Teen Gets at Least 53 Years in Carjacking Of Officer

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Detroit Free Press via YellowBrix

January 13, 2010

DETROIT, MI – A Detroit teenager was sentenced to at least 53 years in prison this morning for the carjacking last year of an off-duty Windsor police officer.

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Jackson ordered David Laston to serve consecutive sentences for attempted carjacking, assault with intent to murder, and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. The firearm violation carries a mandatory two-year term which must be served before he starts his 20- to 40-year sentence on the carjacking offense. The assault sentence of 31–50 years will begin when he has served the two other sentences.

Laston was convicted last month of shooting Windsor Police Officer Thomas Rettig outside a southwest Detroit auto parts store. According to testimony, Laston fired through the driver’s side window when Rettig did not immediately surrender his car.

The bullet went through the officer’s shoulder and just missed his heart. He remains on limited duty.

Rettig was unable to identify Laston, but he was caught because as he fled the scene, he slipped and regained his balance by putting his hand on the hood of a car. Investigators were able to track him down through the fingerprints and palm prints he left on the vehicle.

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    clobster

    over 4 years ago

    1552 Comments

    Here's a good example of our judicial system kicking some ass.

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    FireDad

    over 4 years ago

    7352 Comments

    Good to see that this kid got sentenced to prison. Kudos to the Judge.. I hope the Officer is doing better..

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    ThomasLB

    over 4 years ago

    776 Comments

    Put him away for good. Don't have to worry about him for a long while.

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    usa_24

    over 4 years ago

    5022 Comments

    Great job by the judge for putting this punk behind bars for a very long time where he belongs.

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    Whalewatcher

    over 4 years ago

    10910 Comments

    Time ain't on his side, is it ?? Nice to see a judge with a fully functiional pair stepping up !!!

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    ill_taze_u_bro

    over 4 years ago

    2846 Comments

    Good

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    chrissanders

    over 4 years ago

    5232 Comments

    Glad to see he will actually be serving some time. Long as he will actually serve it all.

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    J_T

    over 4 years ago

    818 Comments

    Good sentence by the judge, which is unusual since the Detroit judges are notorious for light sentences. I hope this little turd serves every day of that sentence since he had every intention of murdering Officer Rettig. Also wishing Officer Rettig and full and speedy recovery.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    FUBAR

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    rsironron

    over 4 years ago

    5220 Comments

    I hope this POS serves the whole sentence.

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    kaiger22

    over 4 years ago

    38 Comments

    Well, this just goes to show that, the apostles had the right idea, WALK!!!! This was a hard working LEO's, personal vehicle, and LEO's won't give up without a fight. Get well, rest up, and I hope that u can make it back to full active duty again.

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    mhare

    over 4 years ago

    424 Comments

    What are the odds that he not only slipped and put his hand on the car but that someone noticed it! Great job by the ETs and also by the Judge.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 4 years ago

    45964 Comments

    Speedy recovery to Officer Rettig. Glad the clumsy POS slipped and donated his prints on the hood. He should have cracked his head on the pavement. Great job by CSI on the prints.

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    Gearhart

    over 4 years ago

    344 Comments

    Good sentence, let's see how much he actually serves.

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    rhood

    over 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    That will make him an old man by the time of his release.

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