Teen arrested in Kentwood graduation party shooting, facing perjury charge

6:37 PM, Jul 19, 2013   |    comments
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Billie Deshawn McKinney

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- The 18-year-old man arrested in connection with a shooting at a Kentwood graduation party is facing charges for lying to prosecutors about a different case.

Billie Deshawn McKinney is being charged with perjury; Prosecutors say he lied to them about his knowledge of a gang-related shooting last year.

McKinney appeared in court two different times Friday. First, for two probation violations related to a carrying a concealed weapon conviction earlier this year. According to court documents, McKinney violated the terms of his probation when he was arrested in connection with the Kentwood shooting, where five people were injured at a graduation party on July 14.

McKinney was also arraigned Friday afternoon on a perjury charge for a December 2012 homicide. McKinney is accused of lying about his knowledge of individuals associated with the Bemis Boys, a street gang in Grand Rapids.

According to court documents, McKinney was arrested on four counts of assault with intent to murder July 15, the day after the Kentwood shootings. He has not yet been charged with anything relating to that case.

Meantime, McKinney is facing up to life in prison on the perjury charge and is currently being held in the Kent County Jail, without bond.

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