Jury Finds Derrell Evans Guilty of 3 Felonies
On 5/29/13, Deputies Dan Buffa and Kevin Hause responded to a vehicle fire on Ohio Street in Ypsilanti Township. Partnering with Detective Craig Raisanen, their investigation revealed that Derrell Evans burned the vehicle owned by his soon to be ex-girlfriend. Following the vehicle fire, Evans continued to seriously threaten and attempt to intimidate witnesses, eventually fleeing the State. He was subsequently located in Nevada and extradited back to Michigan in September.
A three (3) day jury trial led by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Arianne Slay found Evans guilty of three (3) felonies; arson, witness intimidation, and witness intimidation with threats to kill which holds a possible sentence of 6 to 15 years. The Honorable Archie Cameron Brown will sentence Evans on March 12, 2014.
The initial response, investigation and adjudication provide a great example of the pieces of the justice system combining to assure the safe and effective resolution of a dangerous situation. We are pleased to acknowledge the outstanding effort and teamwork of Deputies Dan Buffa and Kevin Hause , Detective Craig Raisanen, Corrections Officer Simone Mack, Ypsilanti Township Fire Marshall Victor Chevrette, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Arianne Slay, and Magistrate’s Assistant Jessica Hoard whose combined efforts brought justice and relief to the victims.
“Although an arson, this was a case of domestic violence. The victim may not have been physically assaulted, but she was certainly victimized by Mr. Evans’ actions. A true team effort to achieve justice for the victim, we are pleased with the outcome.”
~ Detective Craig Raisanen