Brothers: One Found Guilty, One Takes Plea Deal on Multiple Felony Charges

Two brothers were accused of abducting and shooting a man in Superior Township in September after forcing the man to get into a car in Ypsilanti at gunpoint, then shooting him several times in a rural area. The alleged victim, Julien Butler, testified that the brothers, 23-year-old Clinton Desir and 26-year-old Allan Tomlinson , abducted and shot him.

Butler testified in court in September that Tomlinson and Desir picked him up at the Lucky Two Party Store on the afternoon of August 10, 2012 and ordered him into a vehicle at gunpoint. Butler had allegedly raped the mother of Desir’s child, although he denied it. Butler said that he told the two men she way lying about the sexual assault.

Now, Tomlinson has been found guilty by a jury of multiple felony charges, while Desir pleaded no contest on January 28 to numerous charges, including conspiracy to commit unlawful imprisonment, carrying a concealed weapon, and assault with intent to murder.

Tomlinson was convicted on several charges as well, including two counts of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of unlawful imprisonment and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Both Tomlinson and Desir are scheduled to be sentenced on February 26.

In all, the victim suffered 13 wounds which resulted in severe injuries to his thigh, buttocks, testicles and hip. The two brothers remain incarcerated in the Washtenaw County Jail while awaiting sentencing.

While Desir may receive lighter sentencing due to the fact he pleaded no contest, Michigan criminal defense attorneys know that those charged with multiple crimes often face years in prison, potentially decades. Even on one charge alone, such as assault with intent to commit murder, an individual may face any number of years or even life behind bars. The crimes allegedly committed by these two men are extremely serious, and when combined, could leave them spending the majority of their lives in prison.


Individuals who have been arrested for any serious or violent crime, or who are under investigation should speak with a skilled and effective Michigan criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. An aggressive attorney will work to protect your legal rights, keep you out of jail, and achieve the most positive results possible.