“19-year-old Htet Tun sentenced to 23-100 years for murder of father, Aung Tun”

By | July 14, 2023

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A 19-year-old man, Htet Tun, has been sentenced to 23-100 years in prison for the murder of his father, Aung Tun, in their Gaines Township basement last April. The Kent County Judge also sentenced Tun to two years for a felony firearm charge, and two to four years for felonious assault and resisting and opposing a police officer causing injury.

According to court documents, Htet Tun admitted to shooting his father twice while in the basement of their home. His mother, who was living in California at the time, became concerned when she hadn’t heard from her husband and asked a neighbor to check on him. The neighbor called the police, who found Aung Tun dead inside the home from apparent gunshot wounds.

During his arrest, Htet Tun also injured a deputy. When detectives approached his vehicle, they saw a rifle between the seat and the door. A struggle ensued, and the firearm went off, causing burn and puncture marks on the detective’s hand. The detectives had to pry Htet Tun’s hand off the trigger and handle of the firearm, which ultimately jammed after the first shot.

This incident was not the first involving weapons for Htet Tun. In October 2021, he was found in possession of a handgun with an extended magazine, loaded with 32 rounds, at Byron Center High School. He was taken into custody and transported to the Kent County juvenile detention center.

Htet Tun’s sentencing reflects the severity of his crimes and the danger he posed to both his father and law enforcement officers. The judge’s decision to hand down a lengthy prison sentence ensures that Htet Tun will be held accountable for his actions and serves as a deterrent to others who may contemplate such acts of violence.

The tragic nature of this case highlights the importance of addressing mental health issues and providing support to individuals who may be struggling. It is crucial for families, schools, and communities to be vigilant and offer assistance to those in need to prevent such devastating incidents from occurring in the future..

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