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Brothers Convicted in Teen Attack

March 17, 1998

FLINT, Mich. (AP) _ Two brothers were convicted Tuesday in the attack of three teen-agers who mistakenly hopped off a freight train in a bad neighborhood.

The teens asked strangers for help finding a pay phone and were taken instead to a nearby park. A boy was killed and a girl was sexually assaulted.

Tyrone Reyes, 17, and Terrance Reyes, 19, face life sentences for the attack in which all three teens were shot in a trash-littered park of Flint, a once thriving city laid low by auto industry layoffs.

The six attackers were looking for someone to rob, police said. Ten dollars was stolen from the girl.

The Reyes brothers were each found guilty of murder, attempted murder and kidnapping.

A lawyer for Tyrone Reyes acknowledged his client was the triggerman, but said Reyes was too drunk and high on marijuana to have intended to kill.

Michael Carter, 14, and two friends hopped a slow-moving freight train south of Flint in June to visit some friends. But they failed to jump off at their destination, and instead got off about 1 a.m. in Flint, about 15 miles north of their hometowns.

Michael was killed. His 15-year-old friend, Dustin Kaiser, was hospitalized for a gunshot wound to the head. The 15-year-old girl, who was not identified, was shot in the face and sexually assaulted during the June 19 attack.

Dustin and the half-naked girl eventually ran from the park and tried to flag down a car for help. Dozens of motorists passed the bleeding, wounded teens before one finally pulled over.

Four others accused in the crime pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder and criminal sexual conduct as part of a plea agreement and have yet to be sentenced.

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