A Michigan family of three has been given life sentences in the killing of a store security guard in May 2020. The man who they killed during the altercation was Calvin Munerlyn.
Sharmel Lashe Teague, aged 45, her husband Larry Edward Teague, aged 44, and her son Ramonyea Travon Bishop, aged 23, have been found guilty for their involvement in the crime.
They each received a life sentence without parole. The sentence was handed down by Genesee Circuit Court Judge Brian Pickell after a lengthy trial.
Matthew Smith, the assistant prosecuting attorney who handled the case, declared that he had “never seen three more deserving individuals” of the sentence, as reported by MLive.
When the tragic murder took place in 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer had issued a ruling that all store personnel and customers had to wear face masks due to the increasing spread of the COVID-19 virus.
On May 1, Sharmel and her daughter arrived at the Family Dollar in northern Flint at 1:40 p.m. Though Sharmel was wearing a mask, her daughter wasn’t, as per a press release from Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton.
This prompted Munerlyn, 43, to not allow them to enter the store, as it would have violated the mandate. When he told Sharmel to leave and asked the cashier not to serve her, Sharmel started yelling and spitting at the guard before driving away.
After a period of roughly 20 minutes, Sharmel’s husband and son reached the store, where Bishop fired a gunshot at Munerlyn’s head from the back.
Upon arrival, the police discovered Munerlyn lying on the floor, in an unconscious state and with bleeding from the head. He was subsequently taken to a nearby hospital, and declared dead upon arrival.
An online fundraiser created for Munerlyn’s family has brought in almost $415,000 as of January 18th. The page portrays Munerlyn as a devoted father and spouse who passed away while executing his duty of safeguarding the establishment and requesting that all customers wear a face covering for their own protection and that of others.