Man who killed bailiffs in Michigan held teen prisoner for sex, prosecutor says

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Larry Gordon

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. – New details have emerged about the man who killed two bailiffs during an escape attempt at a Michigan courthouse Monday.

Larry Gordon, 44, was being transferred from a holding cell to court when he wrestled a gun away from a deputy, reports WXMI. He fatally shot bailiffs Ron Kienzle and Joe Zangaro and wounded the deputy and a woman. A responding officer shot and killed him.

According to prosecutors in Michigan’s Berrien County, Gordon was wanted on a domestic violence warrant from January. Deputies tried to arrest him in April, but Gordon barricaded himself inside a shed and escaped from the property. A K-9 unit helped find him several streets away.

Investigators later discovered that Gordon had been holding a 17-year-old girl in the shed for about two weeks and provided her with methamphetamine in exchange for sex. He’d also assaulted her with weapons and tried to choke her, police said.

He recorded video of the sexual activity.

Gordon faced several felony charges in the case:

  • Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC), 1st degree – 5 counts
  • Kidnapping
  • Producing Child Sexually Abusive Material – 3 counts
  • Possession with Intent to Deliver Meth
  • CSC, 3rd degree
  • Unlawful Imprisonment
  • Assault by Strangulation – 2 counts
  • Assault with a Dangerous Weapon
  • Resisting and Obstructing an Officer – 2 counts

Had Gordon been convicted, he would’ve faced 18 to 62 years in prison.

The prosecutor’s office said Gordon had previous convictions for possessing a pipe bomb, fleeing, larceny and a firearms charge.

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