FLINT, MI – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced the sentencing of Scott Gunn, 27-years-old, of Burton, on one count of Tampering with Evidence, in regards to a 2013 hit-and-run accident that resulted in Jeffrey Lee’s death.
Gunn, pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Monday, March 28, to 3 to 10 years in prison by Judge Judith Fullerton in the Genesee County Circuit Court.
“This sentence is another step forward toward justice for Mr. Jeffrey Lee and his family,” said Schuette. “It is unfortunate when people believe they are above the law and attempt to cover up their crime to avoid any consequences, but as today’s sentencing proved no one is above the law.”
In October 2013, the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office requested a Special Prosecutor from the Department of Attorney General for the investigation and prosecution of this case because the defendant’s mother who was also charged with evidence tampering, Sherry Long, was employed as a crime victim advocate for the Genesee County Prosecutor at the time of the accident. Scott Gunn’s father, Leon Gunn was also charged with tampering with evidence in the case.
After an initial investigation by the Flint Police Department, it was determined that at 11:30 pm on September 28, 2013, Jeffrey Lee was struck by a black extended cab Chevrolet Silverado allegedly registered to Sherry Long and allegedly driven that night by her son, Scott Gunn. Following the collision, Gunn allegedly fled the scene without offering assistance to the victim, Jeffrey Lee. In the early morning of September 29, 2013, Lee was pronounced dead resulting from injuries sustained in the accident.
It is alleged that Long and Gunn conspired to cover up the hit and run collision and tamper with the evidence by repairing the truck in secret.
Sherry Long and Leon Gunn have already been convicted of tampering with evidence.
Scott Gunn is still pending trial for the fatal hit and run causing death in front of Judge Joseph Farah. There is a pre-trial hearing in the case set for April 4, 2016 in Genesee County Circuit Court.