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Young sentenced to up to 50 years for Hookah Lounge murder

By Audra Gamble/The Holland Sentinel • Dec 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Aaron Young, 26, has been sentenced to up to 50 years in prison for the murder of 22-year-old Anthony Lamb.

Young killed Lamb outside the Holland Hookah Lounge on Butternut Drive in Holland Township just after 3 a.m. Sept. 11, 2016. Young claimed he acted in self-defense, but a jury convicted Young of three criminal counts after a two-week trial. He killed Lamb with a 22-caliber revolver, which he shot several times in the parking lot outside the Hookah Lounge. Two groups had formed in the parking lot, one containing Young, his family and friends and the other included the victim, Demetrius Viney and Levell Turner.

Viney also had a gun that night, and seven shell casings were found at the scene from Viney’s nine-millimeter semiautomatic pistol. Both Viney and Turner were previously sentenced to prison time for using guns during the shootout that led to Lamb’s death.

Young was convicted by the jury of second-degree non-premeditated murder, carrying a concealed weapon and using a firearm to commit a felony.

Though Young’s attorneys asked for an eight- to 10-year prison sentence, based upon sentencing guidelines for the crimes, the minimum sentence Judge Jon Hulsing could give on Tuesday, Dec. 26, was 18 years and nine months.

Lamb’s fiance, Ymani Williams, said Lamb leaves behind their 2-year-old daughter, Aubree. Lamb also has a son, Ki’yonni Poledore.

“We were together for five years and have a daughter together,” Williams said at Young’s sentencing. “The taking of Anthony Lamb has greatly disrupted our daughter’s entire life. The sleepless nights, the crying at night, her questions I shouldn’t have to answer. Why she’ll never get to see him again is heart-wrenching. She would sit there and cry out, ‘Daddy come home, please daddy, come home.’”

Young was sentenced to three-to-five years in prison for carrying a concealed weapon and two years for using a firearm to commit a felony, which will be served concurrently. He was given credit for 370 days served on the concealed weapons charge and 307 days credit for the felony firearm charge.

Along with those other sentences, Young was sentenced to 225-600 months (18 years and nine months to 50 years) in state prison for second-degree murder.

“I’ve got to believe that if you could take that bullet back, you would,” Hulsing said. “But you can’t. It’s so unfortunate that we have at least two illegal guns in this incident that was essentially a bruising of egos. They escalate a disagreement.”

At the earliest, Young will be released from prison when he is approximately 45 years old. If he serves all 50 years of the sentence, he will be 76 years old upon release.

“So many lives have been affected because a couple of guys injected illegeal firearms,” Hulsing said to Young. “You have a lot of good that you have done over the years. The unfortunate aspect is we have a serious situation that should not have happened.”

Appearing in a red prison jumpsuit and with his hands restrained, Young declined to comment before his sentencing was read. As he left the courtroom, he swore, and said, “You’ve got to be joking.”

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