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Detroit man sentenced on reduced charges in shooting, carjacking of 81-year-old man

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DETROIT – A 26-year-old Detroit man was sentenced Wednesday on two charges in connection with the carjacking and shooting of an 81-year-old man on the city's west side.

Eight other charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. 

Corey Kelvin Hill was sentenced to 7 to 15 years for carjacking and 2 years to run consecutively for felony firearms violations. He pleaded no contest to the charges Dec. 8 and the following charges were dismissed under the agreement:

  • armed robbery
  • assault with intent to do great bodily harm
  • receiving and concealing a stolen motor vehicle
  • possession of narcotics
  • carrying concealed weapons
  • felon in possession of a firearm
  • felon in possession of ammunition

Hill remained silent at the sentencing.

What happened

Herman Garth, 81, was at a store in the 18500 block of Joy Road, near the Southfield Freeway, at 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 30 to get a late-night pop. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran.

The store clerk warned Garth that a few men were outside causing trouble.

Garth said the men took his keys, but couldn’t figure out how the key fob worked and became angry.

“He pushed me over to the other guy,” Garth said. “They started scuffling with me, and the other guy had a gun and shot me. I went down to my knees, on both my knees, and I couldn’t get up.”

Garth was shot in both legs, and several hundred dollars were taken from him. Hill allegedly drove away with Garth's 2013 Chevrolet Cruz and the second man fled on foot.

Hill was taken into custody Sept. 13. The second man involved was never identified.