On Wednesday, April 13, 27-year-old Juan Enrique Reyes was sentenced to life in prison by Judge George Buth for the second-degree murder of Douglas “Ryan” Pollok who was killed in 2007 at a party in Grand Rapids when shots were fired into a crowd of 20 to 30 people.
It took eight years for Reyes to be convicted and sentenced for the murder, as he and his brother, Eric Santiago, fled to Mexico following the shooting. Reyes did not know Pollok, and fired the shots in connection with another feud resulting in Pollok being struck in the chest by a bullet. According to news reports, Reyes and Santiago were featured on “America’s Most Wanted” in 2009 and again in 2012. The two men apparently had a grudge with a neighbor, who they were attempting to shoot at when Pollok was killed. Another man was also injured in the shooting.
In addition to life in prison, Reyes was sentenced to 20 to 50 years for assault with intent to murder and two years for felony firearm.
Reyes and Santiago were apprehended in Guadalajara, Mexico in November of last year and returned to Michigan, where they were booked into the Kent County Jail. The two were living under aliases, according to news reports.
Any type of homicide charge is extremely serious. Whether charged with manslaughter, or first- or second-degree murder it is vital to consult with an experienced Michigan criminal defense attorney who fights vigorously on behalf of clients accused of even the most serious crimes. Regardless of the offense, every person is innocent until proven guilty. Those convicted of murder typically face decades to life behind bars. A talented defense lawyer will protect your legal rights, provide guidance on all possible legal options, and work tirelessly to reach the best possible outcome in your case.