Detroit Man sentenced in Murder over Air Jordan Shoes

DETROIT, MI – Dante Tyrell Ford, 21-years-old, of Detroit, had been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Corey Harris Thomas, 17-years-old, of Harper Woods. He was convicted of Second Degree Murder in the case.

On Tuesday June 6th, 2017, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Harris-Thomas drove over to the Eastpointe home of his 21-year-old friend. Afterward they drove and met Ford, at approximately 1:30 p.m., in the area of Birwood and Fenkel because Corey Thomas had previously arranged to sell Ford a pair of Air Jordan shoes.

Dante Ford is alleged to have entered the rear passenger portion of the SUV and after the three men drove for two blocks, at Fenkel and Pinehurst it is alleged that Ford pulled out a handgun. The 21-year-old man also pulled out a handgun and they wrestled. Ford fired a shot injuring the 21-year-old in the arm. As a result the 21-year-old fired his weapon.

It is alleged that Dante Ford fired his weapon again fatally wounding Corey Thomas. As a result of his wounds Corey fell out of the vehicle and the car hit a fence near Fenkell and Pinehurst Street.

Dante Ford also sustained a gunshot wound and fled the scene on foot. The 21-year-old friend called the police and remained on Pinehurst. When the police arrived at approximately 1:43 p.m. they observed Corey Thomas’s body in lying in the street.

Medics pronounced Corey Thomas dead at the scene.

The 21-year-old was transported to a local hospital for treatment. On June 7, 2017, at 12:30 a.m., the investigation by the Detroit Police Department led to the arrest of Dante Tyrell Ford.

Dante Ford had been charged with Felony Murder, Armed Robbery, Assault with Intent to Murder, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Felony Firearm.

Ford was convicted in the fatal shooting of Corey Harris-Thomas. Today he was sentenced before Judge Timothy Kenny to 28 to 50 years for Second Degree Murder and two years consecutive for Felony Firearm.

Based on records from the Michigan Department of Corrections, Dante Ford was on probation at the time these crimes were committed.  He has previous convictions for:

  • Weapons – Firearms – Poss. Loaded Firearm in or Upon Vehicle
  • Weapons – Carrying Concealed