Man found guilty in Family Dollar store employee deaths

Lavere Bryant convicted of killing Brenna Machus, Joseph Orlando in 2013

Joe Orlando and Brenna Kathleen Machus
Joe Orlando and Brenna Kathleen Machus

DEARBORN, Mich. – A man has been convicted of murder in the killings of two Dearborn Family Dollar store employees.

A jury on Monday returned their decision against Lavere Bryant, who had been on trial for the July 2013 deaths of Brenna Machus and Joseph Orlando.

A convicted sex offender, Bryant was also charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of felony murder as well as armed robbery, unlawful imprisonment, felon in possession of a firearm and felony firearm charges. He sentencing is set for Dec. 11.

Orlando was found shot to death in the store. Machus' body was found in a wooded area less than 2 miles away.

Bryant has a criminal history that involves second-degree criminal sexual conduct and assault charges.

When Orlando and Machus were killed, Bryant still was listed on the sex offender registry as being in prison.