GRAND HAVEN, MI (WHTC) - It’s sentencing day in Ottawa County Circuit Court, with two high-profile crime cases coming to a close.
This morning, Judge Jon Hulsing is scheduled to hand down a mandatory life in prison without parole judgment on Ryan Wyngarden, a 51-year-old Zeeland man convicted last month of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his sister Gail Brink and her husband Rick at the couple’s Park Township home in 1987. It took a jury four hours to hand down a verdict after 12 days of testimony, as prosecutors successfully argued that Wyngarden killed the Brinks due to jealousy and to cover an incestuous relationship; the defense claimed that unknown “hit men” may have mistaken the couple for a previous homeowner with a criminal past in the Detroit area. Wyngarden was arrested in January of 2013 after his wife agreed to testify against him.
This afternoon, Judge Ed Post may issue a lengthy prison sentence to Mark Harris after the 28-year-old Holland man was convicted last month of breaking into the Holland apartment of a former girlfriend last December, assaulting her and keeping her and her sister, who came a short time later, captive in the unit for about an hour before fleeing. Harris was captured a few hours after the incident.