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  • Tyrell Harris

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A Chicago man accused of firing a gun at a Michigan gas station after failing to get a discount on cigarettes has been convicted after rejecting a plea deal.

A Kent County judge had said the deal likely would have put Tyrell Harris in prison for less than three years.

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The Grand Rapids Press reports the 19-year-old chose bench trial, and he was convicted Monday of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and illegally using a gun. He faces a maximum of 12 years in prison when sentenced Aug. 13.

Police say Harris fired several shots at a gas station in Grand Rapids after a clerk refused to give him a 25-cent discount on cigarettes.

Harris testified that he fired to scare the clerk.

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