Michigan Medical Marijuana Grower Charged with Manslaughter following Home InvasionBy Sativa Galore February 28, 2012
MILAN, MI — A Michigan medical marijuana grower has been charged with manslaughter after shooting and killing one of two men who tried to rob his home on Thursday in the small town of Milan, about 35 miles southwest of Detroit.
Milan police say 50-year-old Robert Goupill chased confronted 28-year-old Jerald Ogden and an unknown accomplice just after midnight Friday, after they had allegedly broken into his home, fatally shooting Ogden. When police responded to numerous 911 calls, they found Ogden next to a parked car, about 200 yards from Goupill’s home. Ogden was pronounced dead at the scene from a shotgun wound to his back.
Goupill, who is licensed to grow medical marijuana, was arraigned Monday afternoon in 1st District Court in Monroe County on charges of manslaughter and manufacturing a controlled substance. Milan Police executed a search warrant Friday on Goupill’s home, and found he was growing more medical marijuana than he was permitted to under state law.
It is unclear at this time what property was removed from Goupill’s home by Ogden and his accomplice, who fled on foot and remains at large. Milan police describe him as a “light skinned black male, approximately 6’3″ and in his early 20′s.
If convicted of manslaughter, Goupill faces up to 15 years in prison. He remains jailed on a $100,000 cash or surety bon