No Death Penalty for Four Lansing Men in Shayla Johnson Homicide

Lansing State Journal, January 11, 2013

Four men facing federal charges in the 2010 drug-related killing of a Lansing woman will not face the death penalty, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has decided.

In a letter to federal prosecutors in Grand Rapids, dated Jan. 7, Holder wrote: “You are authorized and directed not to seek the death penalty against” the four defendants.

The four Lansing men—Mustafa Al-Din, 25, Walee Al-Din, 23, Charles Lewis Sr., 35, and Ralphael Crenshaw, 23—are charged in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids in the July 2010 killing of Shayla Johnson.

Shayla Johnson

Shayla Johnson

A trial is expected this year.

Johnson, 19, was dragged from her Lenore Street house, thrown into a car trunk and shot several times, according to court testimony.

Prosecutors say the men were members of a previously unknown Lansing street gang called the “Block Burners.”



They had supposedly planned to kidnap her in an attempt to rob her of marijuana, according to testimony.


The men face charges, including using a gun during a drug-trafficking crime that resulted in death. That charge could have led to the death penalty.


A total of eight people originally were charged in the case.

Two defendants—Dion Lanier, 20, and Demetris Kline, 20, both of Lansing—pleaded guilty to murder during the commission of a drug transaction and sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.

Charles Lewis Jr., who was 13 years old at the time of the incident, was convicted in Ingham County juvenile court of first-degree murder and is being held at a high-security juvenile facility. {snip}

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  • Michael_C_Scott

    That’s fine if the buck stops there. When we get our war, we’ll do the job ourselves.

  • ArmenianWN

    Imagine if the races were flipped and a group of white men allegedly raped a black girl. Al Sharpton and the ADL would go insane.

  • 48224

    Another white open-minded woman learns her lesson about blacks the hard way. Too bad the tuition for this lesson was her life.
    Another white liberal cured of her egalitarian delusion.

    • Triarius

      I does seem like the altruism gene found in whites is destined to end through natural selection.

  • OlderWoman

    And what was Holders reason. We should have the death penalty for all murderers…white, asian or black.

    • haroldcrews

      Applying the death penalty to all murderers would have a disparate impact on Blacks. Therefore it’s ‘racist’ and is not allowed.

  • falsedawn

    In the end, we’ll settle accounts with these fiends for Shayla Johnson and the many others these wild beasts have murdered.

  • Michigan went for Obama in 2012. Let them govern as they see fit. I just do not want fleeing white michigonians (michiganese?) coming to my state. Yankee liberals have a proven track record of bringing the Democratic party with them when they move to better (conservative) places to live.

    • Melissa

      Excuse me? That “order” came from Eric Holder and was NOT issued by anyone from Michigan. And, for your information, not everyone in Michigan a liberal.

      • Michigan can not just say “We’re sorry that we helped elect Obama”. Michigan as far as I can see from across the lake is a shithole filled with idiots.

        From Wiki:

        The 2010 Census reported:
        White: 78.9% (Non-Hispanic Whites: 76.6%)
        Black or African American: 14.2%

        I repeat, the state is a shithole, filled with idiots who have no regard for their lives.

    • Lars

      Better “conservative” places?

      Hah, the last I checked the most happening & best places to be are mega cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle, Miami, Philadelphia, Washington DC and San Diego – ALL liberal bastions. Compare that to insignificant, boring, useless, primitive villages like the mid west & the south & one can see how awful it is to be in the such an obsolete existence. Take away the liberal coastal mega centers of science, economy, academia, industry, banking/ finance, media & entertainment & politics and you might as well take away America’s significance. Who cares for lousy, conservative places like Indiana, Alabama, Texas, Alaska, Arizona, Ohio, Idaho, Kansas, TN etc? NO ONE!

    • dukem1

      Michiganders, I believe.

    • ye ol’ swampyankee

      You’ve got a point. Unfortunately though southern states make it attractive with tax incentives for northern businesses to relocate down there so they come , Democratic viewpoints and all.

      Also, coloreds by the ….loads are retracing their migratory routes for a host of reasons and YOU KNOW they bring the Democratic party wherever they go. Now add these to all the Democratic coloreds you’ve got already.


    • MBlanc46

      I believe that it’s Michigander.

  • josh

    Holder is rcognized by his colleagues as a bumptious clown.His work in getting a pardon for Marc Rich,after he bumptiously bragged about how he had indicted him in the first place,mark him as a true affirmative action dummy.He is a pig and a low life arrogant dope who embodies the worst traits of his lousy race. He is an immigrant from some god forsaken Caribbean junkpile where the lite bright damn near white blacks rule over the dark ones,and avoid them like the plague. He wouldnt even be able to find the mens room if it wrere not for allthe vucious seething YKW Ivy League snakes who tell him what to do. Remember his ‘testimony” re the trying of terrorists in NYC:”Ahh bdah bdah bdha ahh uhh….” A true negro intellectual.

    • liberalsuck

      He may be seen as a clown, but he is getting away with very despicable things! Why aren’t the GOP members growing some balls and impeaching these people?

      • OlderWoman

        Judicial Watch is suing Eric Holder for Fast and Furious. JW has been successful in many of their lawsuits.

      • Greg Thomas

        Because they are terrifed of being called a “racist.” it’s that simple!

  • MekongDelta69

    I would pay big money to state on here what I think of Eric Hold ‘Em Up.

    There aren’t enough asterisks (*) in the world to write out all the [expletive deleted] words I would say.

  • Hal K

    What about state charges?

  • Ernest

    Eric just protecting ‘his people’.

    • liberalsuck

      More reasons why I am not full of white guilt anymore. Eff’ them and ‘his people.’ The question is when are most whites en masse going to do something about this, besides just complaining to each other on the internet? What will it take? If this was my daughter or my niece, I would do something about this.

      • saxonsun

        You know whites have to get up off their butts and go into the streets en masse. It takes a lot of factors for that to come to pass. You would think we should have had enough by now. That’s what scares me.

        • OlderWoman

          Sadly, I don’t think that will happen. Whites have been bullied into submission. We’ve lost our chutzpah. We’ve allowed this to happen. We have no great White leaders. If we did SPLC, NAACP, and the federal government would stand against us. Our leaders would be arrested, jailed and intimidated for ‘racism’.

        • LaSantaHermandad

          It’s the only way. Another way would be if every White person refused to submit a tax return this year. Could they arrest 120 million Whites?

      • OlderWoman

        Back in the 50’s and 60’s in the South, the father and brother of a woman killed by blacks would get a group of friends…together they would hunt down and punish the ‘people’ who did this. That’s real justice for you. Now the courts are swayed in favor of blacks, hispanics, somalis and all ‘people of color’.

        • timeno1990

          Ya they have to sway in favor of them because there afraid of the media making them racist! It is pathetic!

        • Pelayo

          These animals have the courts hamstrung with cases. They’re committing crimes faster than the system can process them. We shouldn’t have the present number of violent criminals overcrowding our prisons. They should be eliminated. White collar criminals should be forced to make restitution.

      • More reasons why I am not full of white guilt anymore.

        I have never had any to start with……

        • Pelayo

          And well you shouldn’t have had.

      • Cid Campeador

        Let’s hope that we all start to defend ourselves with whatever force is necessary. Enough daughters, sons, nephews and nieces have already paid with their lives.

        RIP Channon, Christopher, Eve, Amy Biehl, Amy Willard, Anne Pressley, Lauren Burk, Brad Heyka, Heather Muller, Jason Befort, In Ho Oh, John Campiglia, Rachella Steinberg, Alice May Leung, Po Lin Wan, Maria Cabuenos, Sarita Gayle Bryson and the tens of thousands of others who died st the hands of Afro- Mutants while being White or Asian. “Que sea vengada su sangre”.

    • Sloppo

      If the races were reversed, and a white man in authority wanted to “protect his people”, he would want the offenders removed from the streets and the gene pool. Blacks obviously have no desire to remove the least intelligent and most violent from their gene pool. That’s an important reason why white civilization will always need separation from blacks.

    • Cid Campeador

      Eric needs to be mistaken for a cracker some evening by a gang of ‘youths”. What delicious irony that would be.

  • Guest

    Of course the death penalty is off the table, but what about The Nobel Peace Prize

    • bubo

      Maybe a BET Image award?

      • RileyDeWiley

        Supreme Court seat ….

  • Angry White Woman

    To think that those ugly black faces were the last things she saw on this earth, before being brutally murdered. She was 19…

    • Liberalsuck

      If I was there and saw them harm her, I would have pumped them full of lead. Don’t care if it would be ‘illegal’ or a ‘hate crime’ for me to do so other. Whites need to start fighting back. Our enemies will never give us the ok. They will never give us permission to be free of their tyranny.

  • Lewis33

    I could see some white dem throwing this clown on the VP ticket someday…

  • LaSantaHermandad

    Holder is an evil, bigoted, obnoxious bastard who should be removed from that office. Sure, was only a White bitch! His attitude is akin to that of Leonard Pitts whose comment on the Knoxville murders was “Cry me a river”.

  • Don

    Yo yo yo my ni66a, We shoots dat white devil b1tch cuz she says my weeds not smells gud. We says b1tch wat chu says?! We poos out da pistul and we shoots dat white b1tch! After we keels her we says dats wat chu get fo killin arz ansesstorz you white devil b1tch! Den we putz dat b1tch n da trunk of my coz and we smokes da weed dat b1tch juxt botz from us andz we laffs da ho ways home.

  • MekongDelta69

    I ‘wonder’ what Fast and Furious Eric Hold ‘Em Up’s position would be if these people had shot any of his three kids?

    I believe those ‘youts of colorization’ would be frying in a chair.

    But a beautiful white girl? Nah – he couldn’t care less.

  • The one on the lower right has almost identical eyes to and looks like Eric Holder.

    • StillModerated

      By Jove, you’re right! He does have that gay Hitler mustache thing going on.

  • Who Me?

    Hey! WOW! Kudos to the photographer! He managed to get three out of the four with their eyes actually more than half open!

    • The one in the northeast corner looks like typical MAOA-2R sufferer. The ones in the northwest and southwest corners look like they’ve just plain given up. The one in the southeast corner looks somewhere in between.

    • Sherman_McCoy

      Probably waved a banana at them.

  • dd121

    Eric Holder knows the race war has begun. They’re just trying to keep it a secret from naive whites.

    • liberalsuck

      Pretty soon, all this anti-white bigotry is going to come crushing down on them. The problem with our enemies they are very myopic. They think because we are quiet and subservient that we are going to let their reign continue forever and ever and ever.

  • IKantunderstand

    Seriously, they want us to believe that 4 men or 8 men, whatever, were actually needed to kidnap her, and steal her marijuana? Really? Man, she does not look that tough. Apparently, appearances really are deceiving! Clearly, these poor out “manned” ghetto thugs, were no match for this little kick ass broad. Thank God they decided there was safety in numbers. And of course, I don’t blame Eric Holder for coming to their defense! The poor beleaguered dears. Thank God, that evil Shayla Johnson was removed from the streets. I don’t know about you, but I for one, will sleep easier.

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  • The__Bobster

    In a letter to federal prosecutors in Grand Rapids, dated Jan. 7, Holder
    wrote: “You are authorized and directed not to seek the death penalty
    against” the four defendants.

    Don’t even Bantu bigots have to provide a rationale for their actions?

    Sadly, this dirtbag has decided to stay on in the Obongo administration.

  • bigone4u

    I read the news a lot but am unfamiliar with this case. Not surprisingly I suppose, given the racial angle. There was a time and a place when these four would have been taken out and lynched. Too bad it’s against the law and too bad no one has the courage to do it.

  • Luis

    Aren’t they on the Oakland Raiders?

  • Ookook Eekeek

    1. another day, another nest of wild murder apes
    2. wake up white/asian/human women…. don’t pay coal-burners justice

  • Vlad Dracula

    Who cares. Stack the Eloi bodies higher and higher. They are the multicult sacrificial lambs. These same sacrificial lambs would call you a racist with their last dying breath.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    When Obama was giving his anti-gun speech yesterday, the name that kept popping into my head was Eric Holder.

  • dukem1

    Ralphael..That’s kind of a new low.

    • William_JD

      I already texted that one out to a friend who is always on the lookout for names like that. You’re right — it’s a classic.

  • shattered

    We’ll be taxed millions and millions of dollars to care for them while they “put in work” for their prison gangs which prevent real reform from occurring in our penal institutions across the country. No justice for anyone. Only the prison guard union wins.

  • Garrett brown

    She was hanging out with them. Deserved it for being a race traitor

    • Anders

      Some people just have to learn the hard way…shame.

      • Garrett brown

        Diversity only leads to this garbage. Poor mixed up girl

    • anonymous

      That’s what I thought. I’m sure if someone warned her against that she said, “oh, come on! Don’t be a racist.” If this happened 100 years ago, white men would be storming into the black area there and obliterate it. But that’s back when white men were men.

      • Garrett brown

        Yep. She was hanging out with them and this is what happened.

    • Joe Mama

      Where did you get that she was hanging out with them ?? The story says she was kidnapped , dragged from her house … If she was hanging out with the bantus then I agree with you, but if not, then you can’t blame her …

      • jane johnson

        Read between the lines….”hoping to rob her of marijuana…” Why would they think she HAD any pot to rob her of? Because they had dealt (no pun intended) with her in the past.

        • Daisy

          How do you know that’s not some BS line the prosecutors are feeding the MSM? What dealer kills someone over a little pot? I think it was a hatecrime and that she was likely raped or they got so angry when she rejected them they decided to kill her.

          • jane johnson

            I did some research,and Ms.Johnson had dated one of the thugs in the past (her mother said this at one of the court hearings), and the youngest of the attackers(13 at the time) admitted that they were trying to get Ms. Johnson to tell them where her new boyfriend’s pot plants were so that they could steal them. Incidently, it was the 13 year-old’s father who first shot the victim. Just a father-son outing gone wrong, I guess. Go to, and search Charles Lewis Jr.

  • Stumpie

    Of course not! Holder said he would not prosecute ‘his people’, that P.O.S. is supposed to represent ALL Americans, not just the black ones.

  • rebelcelt

    Someone explain why Eric Holder has any authority in a State crime? Murder is always prosecuted by the state.What Federal crime is he taking murder off the table for?

    • OlderWoman

      Too bad this wasn’t in Texas.

  • Vitam41

    Makes me sick to think about the end for this poor woman. These animals do not deserve another day on this earth.

  • Cali

    Can you just imagine if the races were reversed? Wow. This would be on the front page of every newspaper in America. There would be so much “revenge crime” it would affect the stock market. Dear God! Wake up America!

    • It would also be prosecuted as a ‘hate crime’—watch, they will add that charge to George Zimmerman for protecting himself.

  • SLCain

    Why is this even a federal crime?

  • Anon1

    I am not the biggest fan of the death penalty, but I find this intervention to be horrifically egregious.

    If this crime was reversed, a few white dudes kidnapping and killing a black woman, Eric “My People” Holder would be screaming for the death penalty. .

    • OlderWoman

      The death penalty would cause crime statistics to drop. The lack of it has increased murders. Thank heaven for most states on the 33 degree parallel.

  • saxonsun

    The local news last night had a report about a white woman stabbed a dozen times at 4 pm in a Bed, Bath and Beyond store in New Jersey. She had her infant girl with her. She survived the attack, thank god. The perp’s name–no picture!–is “Tafique” or Tarique.” What white man has a name like that? There was a Petco employee who said that this savage adopted cats and set them on fire. She said that this thing still comes in and stares at the cats. Who could believe that a woman would be assaulted like that at 4 in the afternoon? At a B, B and B?

  • robinbishop34

    Why wouldn’t the state decide if they got the death penalty or not?

  • Charles_Peterson

    I would bet she thought they were her black friends. This is what happens to people that try associate with dangerous people. I think this worked out for the best.

  • amerika ruined

    New Black Panther rat face Holder is a million times worse than even her bacteria germ maggot killers and should the one who gets the death penalty.

  • dhs

    I am puzzled as to why the Feds are prosecuting this case. I thought that a crime like this would be prosecuted by state or local governments. Do any legal types have an explanation for the Fed involvement? If so, I would greatly appreciate your posting it.

    • The best I can imply is that the Federal “hook” is that the gun used in the murder was used in the illicit interstate prohibited drug trade. What it really means is that more and more crimes are being offloaded into the Federal system because both the cost of prosecution and the cost of incarceration are taken off the state’s hands. Also, in the Federal system, you could ship the inmates to Alaska, the jury pools come from wider areas (i.e. whiter juries). Somehow, I get the feeling that a state trial would have been any more likely to result in the death penalty. I don’t even know if Michigan even has it, and if so, how often they use it.

      • dhs


      • Some Guy

        Michigan has no death penalty. It was actually the first English law jurisdiction to abolish it, way back in the 19th century.

    • MBlanc46

      Kidnapping is, I believe, a federal offense.

  • Greg Thomas

    In more civilized,times, each one of these pavement apes would have been taken out back and strung from the nearest tree until justice was served.


    Eric can take their place in the chamber

  • Michael_C_Scott

    The State of Michigan can still pick up a death penalty case. even if the feds don’t want it.

    • Torquemada

      Too much time is spent on appeals, retrials etc. and for the most part, the death penalty is never carried out. I think that the death penalty should mirror the way that the victim died. I’d pay to see Letalvus and Lemaricus suffer what Channon and Christopher suffered. Same for Jonathon and Reginald. Same way, same degree of brutality. I’d love to be in charge of that. I would have earned my user name.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        If the death penalty – as administered – exactly fits the way the victims themselves died, I suspect a post-CW2 reactionary US government would approve it, under our 1787 Constitution as not being “cruel” or “unusual”. We’d probably have to leave “breaking on the wheel” in the Middle Ages, where it belongs.

  • SintiriNikos

    This is officially a dictatorship where this ass-clown of an AG can direct a court to not seek the death penalty for this heinous crime.

  • PesachPatriot

    what brave zulu warriors…four on one against a 19 year old girl….deport them back to africa asap. If every aspiring rapper knew that committing a capital crime would get their US citizenship revoked and a free trip back to the heart of darkness I bet this kind of thing would stop pretty quickly. Jail time gives them status in their community so its not much of a deterrent. Jail is also nicer and safer than most of their neighborhoods. Africa is a fitting punishment. I don’t think these four would last more than a week in Liberia or Somalia. I feel very badly for this girls parents.

  • They are still alive? Where are her family members? Seems to me all 4 of them have family somewhere. Sure have some weak Caucasians running around.

  • MS. Black Girl To You!XOXO-LOL

    Oh wow-ignorance never prevails. Are you all attempting to create a race war?! Wow.

    But thanks for the material because I use these comments for examples during certain classroom lectures, so thanks for the material.

    I hadn’t laughed to myself so much until I read these comments.

    Anyhow, I have no more words to waste on this stupidity.

    But I have a favor to ask-please respond to my comments with more idiocy so I’ll have more examples for my students.

    LOL….Get some business…..LOL

  • MorsHostibus

    Light sentences because of the color of the defendants. Feds are controlled by 0bama and Eric Holder. Too bad that Michigan has become overrun by degenerate bleeding heart democrat scum otherwise we still would have the death penalty and would not have had to run to the feds for justice.

  • MorsHostibus

    “the police acted stupidly” “if I had eight sons they would look exactly like these fine young innocent black men” — braaaaag whosane 0bummer

  • RedNeckHippie

    Eric Holder should get the death for treason against America for this and several other crimes he has commented against the people of the United States of America.