Detroit man pleads guilty to murdering teen over Air Jordans


Police say Dante Ford tried to rob two people of their sneakers on June 6. (Photo: Michigan Department of Corrections)

A Detroit man pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder charges in connection with the shooting death of a teenager over Air Jordan sneakers earlier this year.

Dante Tyrell Ford, 20, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and firearms charges for the June 6 shooting death of 17-year-old Corey Harris-Thomas, according to WDIV.

Police say Ford, Harris-Thomas, and a 24-year-old man met so that Harris-Thomas could sell Ford a pair of Air Jordans. Ford got into the backseat of Harris-Thomas’ SUV and the three drove around for a while before Ford pulled out a gun. That’s when the 24-year-old pulled out a gun of his own and the two men wrestled over the weapons.

Ford shot at the man and hit him in the arm. He returned fire at Ford, who then fired another round, which hit Harris-Thomas. He fell out of the SUV, which crashed into a fence. The 24-year-old man called police, and Harris-Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 24-year-old was taken to the hospital and treated.

Ford, who was also shot, fled the scene with the Nikes. He was arrested a few hours later after he showed up at a hospital with a graze wound to his stomach.

A convicted felon, Ford is also facing charges for another armed robbery earlier that day. Police say he robbed a 16-year-old at gunpoint after arranging to buy shoes from him.

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