Sheriff’s Office Closes Assault with Intent to Do Great Bodily Harm & Unlawful Imprisonment Case with Convictions of Both Suspects
On the afternoon of August 10th, 2012, Julien Butler was lured to a convenience store in the City of Ypsilanti and forced into a vehicle at gunpoint by Allan Tomlinson and Clinton Desir. Traveling to a rural area in Superior Township with the alleged intent to kill Butler, the suspects shot Butler approximately eight (8) times. They fled the scene when interrupted by a passing vehicle. Butler survived his life threatening wounds.
Sheriff’s Office Detectives and Sgt. Tom Eberts of the Ypsilanti Police Department conducted a joint investigation of the kidnapping and shooting. As a result, both Tomlinson and Desir were arrested and charged with numerous crimes by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office. Prior to criminal trial, Desir pled guilty to several felony charges including Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm Less than Murder. Tomlinson was tried and found guilty of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawful imprisonment, carrying a concealed weapon, and felon in possession of a firearm. In February of 2013, Clinton Desir was sentenced to 10-15 years in prison and Allan Tomlinson was sentenced to 12-17 years in prison for their actions. At the time of the crime, Tomlinson was on parole for armed robbery.
"The investigation's successful outcome is directly attributable to the collaborative efforts of the the Sheriff's Office and City of Ypsilanti Police Department. Timely and deliberate actions by first responders from both agencies laid the foundation for a solid case against the suspects. Having shot the victim multiple times and left him on the side of the road, there’s little doubt that Tomlinson and Desir intended to leave him for dead." ~ Detective Tom Sinks
"The successful prosecution of these two men provides a just resolution to a violent, premeditated crime. It stands as a great example of hard work, dedication and collaboration amongst the law enforcement professionals from the Ypsilanti Police Department, Sheriff’s Office and our Prosecutor’s Office." ~ Sheriff Jerry Clayton