Harlan Drake will spend life behind bars for the murder of pro-life abortion activist and another man

Shiawassee County man convicted of first-degree murder

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he man accused of shooting and killing two men last September has been found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder.

It took the Shiawassee County jury about three-and-a-half hours to agree on the verdicts.

Harlan Drake was also convicted of one felony firearm count and a count of carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent.

Drake shot and killed businessman Mike Fuoss and anti-abortion protester James Pouillon on the morning of Sep. 11, 2009.

Prosecutor Randy Colbry says the charges fit the crimes. “We were convinced it was first-degree premeditated murder, and that was the verdict.”

Drake’s lawyer says his client accepts the verdicts. “Mr. Drake’s reaction, the word that comes to my mind is he’s accepted the verdict with equanimity. He does not appear to have a quarrel with the verdict. I don’t think he had throughout these proceedings. Whatever the jury decided, he was prepared to accept,” said Robert Ashley, ” and from his reaction, I think you all saw it, he has accepted it.”

The courtroom was absolutely silent as the verdicts were read. Drake sat, smiling and nodding, as he had through most of the trial.

We have two children, 17 and 20, and It’s been hard on them going through all this again. But yet it’s brought us a little closure, I guess, knowing exactly what happened,” said Fuoss’ ex-wife, Sandy Fuoss, “and now we can try to get over this part and move on.”

James Pouillon’s daughter Mary Jo said she’s happy the verdict came today. “I’ve been trusting in the Lord that His will would be done with all this, and I was really hoping that it would come to a verdict today.”

It came six months to the day her father was shot and killed outside Owosso High School.

Pouillon sat through most of the trial, leaving in tears one day after listening to testimony of Drake asking to see his mother while he was in jail. “It just really struck me that he stole that from me.”

Drake will be sentenced April 21 to a mandatory life sentence.

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