Downriver woman outraged at plea deal struck for her son's alleged killer

A Downriver mother is outraged after the men police say brutally murdered her son, take a plea deal with prosecutors.

The agreement means the suspects won't be serving the majority of their lives behind bars.

"Please get this story out. don't let this happen to your child. let's stop this madness," said Carrie Bommarito.

For seven months Bommarito has been on a mission, seeking justice for her son Michael Stratford. The father of a 4-year-old grandchild was brutally murdered and mutilated.
 
The crime and the fight afterwards has taken a toll.

"She talks like a 1-year-old, she doesn't know her age, she can't say her name," she said. "She cries all day for her daddy. He was a single father from the day she was born. That's all she knew was him and this is what you are telling me is just?"

It frayed her confidence that justice - the way she sees it - will ever come. After Michael's death, two brothers Adam and Wesley Brown were arrested.  Wesley was charged with open murder and Adam charged with accessory after the fact.

Throughout the court process, Bommarito says she was under the impression a jury would decide the killer's fate with the help of the alleged accomplice.

"Adam is going to testify against his brother," Bommarito said. "We're giving him 11 months and Wesley brown is going to serve natural life in jail."

But a spokesperson for the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said that a plea deal was reached with the Wesley, in which he pleads guilty to second degree murder, dropping the mutilation charges and faces a prison sentence of 25 to 50 years.

"They made a plea with me saying no the whole time," she said.

The prosecutor's office says the family of victim's opinion is always considered when deciding deal vs. a trial. They say in this case a plea deal would result a higher threshold of prison time -  25 to 50 years instead of a 19 to 29 year if a jury was considering second degree murder. Still Bommarito was hoping for first degree murder conviction.. and additional charges of mutilation.

"If I was someone important, would they get that sentence," she said. "You know that wouldn't happen."

Now she's concerned she may one cross paths with one of her son's convicted killers.

"But he'll probably get leniency because he has no record"

Her last chance to influence the outcome of this case will be on Nov. 30 when she will tell the judge in her own words how the murder of her son has impacted her life during the formal sentencing of Wesley Brown.
 

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