A Marine is behind bars for defending himself and his family from an armed thug.
It was an ordinary evening for Joey Nelson. He was at home with his fiance, their 3 week old child, and a couple of friends. Then, all of a sudden, they were startled by violent pounding on the front door, and someone trying to force their way in. Nelson grabbed his gun and told the thug to leave. That’s when things turned violent.
According to Fox 2 Detroit:
Westland police say the man outside was 39-year-old Michael Wilson of Detroit.
“I don’t know (who he is), my son doesn’t know him, the owner of the home doesn’t know him,” said Steve Nelson.
Cracking the door frame Nelson’s family says Joey grabbed his gun and yelled for Wilson to leave.
“He opened up the door because he was standing here in the yard,” Steve Nelson said. “(Joey) told him to get off his property and at that time (Wilson) produced a gun and started shooting at my son.”
Nelson’s family says the young Marine was shot in the hip before calling 911 and telling everyone to get downstairs. Joey Nelson fired back at Wilson who they say took off as police arrived.
Although Joey Nelson is charged with several felonies, Michael Wilson is only charged with carrying a concealed weapon.
“This man out here in the front yard fired multiple shots into a house with multiple people inside and a 3-week-old baby simple and he’s (only) charged with concealing a weapon illegally?” asked Steve Nelson.
Officials said Wednesday the three people involved in the shooting — Kori Willhite, 24, of Garden City, Joseph Nelson, 28, of Westland, and Michael Wilson, 39, of Detroit — were arrested after the shooting, officials said.
Willhite has been charged in court with disguising her identification to police officer and possession of improper prescription drugs, both misdemeanors. A judge set her bond at $50,000 and scheduled her next court appearance for Tuesday.
Nelson has been charged with assault with intent to commit murder, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and felony firearm possession. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.
A judge set his bond at $150,000 and scheduled his next court appearance for next week Thursday.
Wilson has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
A judge set Wilson’s bond at $5,000 and scheduled his next court appearance for next week Thursday.
You’ve read this right. You can show up at someone’s house, start shooting at the homeowner/renter, his fiance, baby, and friends, and only be charged with “carrying a concealed weapon” with a bail of $5,000.
But if you dare try to stop the person shooting at you, then you are charged with multiple felonies, face life in prison, and your bail is $150,000.
Furthermore, apparently “disguising” your identity to police and being in “possession of improper prescription drugs” is a greater crime than shooting at people.
According to the Wayne County jail inmate roster, Michael Wilson is not currently booked, possibly already out on his $5000 bail, while the original victim, Joseph Nelson, is still booked on his outrageous bail.
You can reach the Wayne County District Attorney Kym Worthy at (313) 224-5777.
You can reach Westland police chief Jeff Jedrusik at 734-722-9600.