Contact: Douglas R. Lloyd, Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney, 517-543-4801
November 22, 2019
Sentences handed-down for the January 10, 2019 murder of Hanna Barron
Douglas R. Lloyd, Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney, announced this morning that two Lansing residents were sentenced yesterday for the January 10, 2019, murder of Hanna Rose Barron. Barron was shot and killed during a robbery on Burneway Drive in the portion of the City of Lansing that is in Eaton County.
Twenty-two year old Lashay Hursey was sentenced to 20 to 32 years in prison after she pled guilty to Second-Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony. Twenty-one year old Aaron Ross was sentenced to 42 to 62 years in prison after he pled guilty to Second Degree Murder, Assault with intent to Murder, and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony.
During their pleas in September, both defendants admitted that on January 10, 2019, Ross arranged to purchase marijuana ‘wax’ from Barron at a location on Burneway Drive. Ross then messaged Hursey, and together they formulated a plan to rob Barron of the marijuana wax. Hursey provided a handgun to Ross and drove him to and from the scene. Upon encountering Barron, Ross produced the handgun and robbed Barron and two female friends at gunpoint; demanding not only the marijuana ‘wax’ but also their purses, cash, and phones. When Barron did not comply with Ross’s demands, he shot and killed her and shot one of the other women in the leg.
Prosecutor Lloyd stated, “Hanna Barron was a mother, daughter, and member of our community who was murdered because of the greed of these two defendants. The people of Eaton County deserve a safe community to raise their families, and my office will continue to aggressively prosecute those in our community who commit violent crimes. The sentences in this matter should send a message that Hanna’s life mattered and that murder and gun violence will not be tolerated in our communities.” Sr. APA Adrianne Van Langevelde added, “It is tragic that a young mother was callously murdered. The senseless actions of the two defendants cost Hanna Barron her life, and deprived her two small children of their mother. I hope this sentence gives Hanna’s family some peace and closure, while sending a message that violent crime won’t be tolerated in this community.”
Prosecutor Lloyd thanked the Lansing Police Department, especially Det. Matthew Salmon, and the LPD detective unit for their diligent work in this case, as well as Lansing Police Department’s Violent Crimes Initiative, the Michigan State Police, and the Fugitive Team Task Force.
The cases were handled by Prosecutor Lloyd and Senior Assistant Prosecutor Adrianne Van Langevelde. Ross was represented by Grand Ledge Attorney John H. Deming and Lansing Attorney Michelle L. Shannon. Hursey was represented by Lansing Attorney R. Vincent Green.