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Genoa Township teen sentenced to lengthy prison term for Pontiac murder

A Genoa Township teen convicted of murder has been sentenced.

19-year-old Max Bastien was ordered to serve a sentence of between 18 years and seven months and up to 40 years in prison for his guilty plea last month to second-degree murder in the October 9th, 2020 shooting of 18-year-old Christopher Grant Alexander in the head with a semi-automatic handgun in a dispute over a marijuana transaction in Pontiac.

Bastien, who was given credit for 730 says already served, was also ordered to serve a concurrent term of 2 to 5-years for carrying a concealed weapon and another two years, to be served consecutively, for possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Previous testimony from two of Bastien’s acquaintances that night, one of whom was from Brighton and had driven the vehicle, indicated that the drug sale was arranged via Snapchat and that after Alexander and another Pontiac man took the drugs and got out of the vehicle, Bastien also got out, telling the teens to stop or he would shoot. They then heard a loud “pop” at which point Bastien got back in the car.

The weapon and less than an ounce of marijuana were later recovered by police.

Bastien had originally been set to stand trial in January, which was then adjourned several times for various defense motions, most recently on November 2nd when a hearing was held to determine if statements Bastien made following his arrest could be used in court. Oakland County Circuit Judge Cheryl Matthews ruled against the defense and said they could be used at his trial.  Bastien then entered a plea.

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