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Christopher Alan Brown murder 4/12/1985 Flint, MI *Stepmother, Rosalind L. Brown and her brother, Montel Pettiford, convicted, sentenced to LWOP*

11-year-old Christopher Alan Brown was killed by his stepmother, Rosalind L. Brown and her brother, Montel Pettiford. Both were convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He was poisoned, then his body thrown into the Flint River, in an effort to make it look like an accidental drowning. Surprisingly, it worked for 2 decades, even though his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit for an adult. Rosalinda was married to Alan’s father, Jestine Brown, who attended court everyday. (I do not know if they are still married, but I doubt it from his words in court). The biological parents’ statements before sentencing were heartbreaking. I cannot imagine how they could endure this.

Alan’s mother, Brenda Simpson, shows what a real mother would do: she fought for 23 years for justice for her son. I consider her a hero, a shining example of what a parent in this position should do. It is too bad that she had to do this crusade. First, her son should have never been murdered, especially by someone who was supposed to love and protect him, his stepmother. Second, it should never haven taken 23 years for justice to occur. Sadly, Brenda is the one who had to fight to get justice, to get the case investigated. Investigators ignored her or just tried to pacify her. But her persistance won out in the end! Brenda, I truly admire you.

Find-A-Grave: Christopher Alan Brown
MySpace: A Mother’s Justice
Cox Brings Murder Charges in 22-Year-Old Flint Case
In Flint, a mother agonizes as murder trial approaches in her son’s 1985 killing
After 23 years, justice for Christopher Brown
Second guilty verdict comes down in 23-year-old murder of 11-year-old Christopher Brown
GUILTY – GUILTY
Flint mother’s tragedy and triumph: justice is 23 years late for murdered son, another receives major facial reconstruction surgery
Rosalind Brown, Montel Pettiford sentenced to life in prison for slaying of Christopher Brown
Flint woman’s push to solve her son’s murder to be subject of “Dateline” piece Friday
Murder victim’s mom blasts candidate for AG
Leyton Lies to Families of Murder Victims AND Clients: Sued for Malpractice, Settles

Movies/Documentaries
Dateline: Down By The River
Unusual Suspects: Little Boy Lost

INMATE INFORMATION

ROSALIND LAURICE BROWN
MDOC Number: 384686
SID Number: 2148077E
Name: ROSALIND LAURICE BROWN
Racial Identification: Black
Gender: Female
Hair: Gray
Eyes: Black
Height: 5′ 7″
Weight: 180 lbs.
Date of Birth: 01/16/1957 (55)
Image Date: 3/16/2009

MDOC STATUS
Current Status: Prisoner
Earliest Release Date: LIFE
Assigned Location: Huron Valley Complex/Women’s
Maximum Discharge Date: LIFE
Security Level: II

ALIASES MARKS, SCARS & TATTOOS
ROSALIND LAURICE MITCHELL
ROSALIND LAURICE PETTIFORD
Mark- Abdomen – c-section marks

PRISON SENTENCES

ACTIVE

Sentence 1
Offense: Homicide – Murder First Degree-Premeditated
Minimum Sentence: LIFE
MCL#: 750.316A
Maximum Sentence: LIFE
Court File#: 07021158-FC-U
Date of Offense: 04/12/1985
County: Genesee
Date of Sentence: 09/22/2008
Conviction Type: Jury

INACTIVE

Sentence 1
Offense: Larceny – $1,000 or More But Less Than $20,000
Minimum Sentence:
MCL#: 750.3563A
Maximum Sentence: 5 years 0 months
Court File#: 0106505-FH
Date of Offense: 02/21/2001
County: Kent
Date of Sentence: 08/27/2001
Conviction Type: Plea
Discharge Date: 07/17/2006
Discharge Reason: Offender Discharge

INMATE INFORMATION

MONTEL JOSEPH PETTIFORD
MDOC Number: 701591
SID Number: 2394834M
Name: MONTEL JOSEPH PETTIFORD
Racial Identification: Black
Gender: Male
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Green
Height: 5′ 9″
Weight: 225 lbs.
Date of Birth: 04/11/1964 (47)
Image Date: 12/29/2011

MDOC STATUS
Current Status: Prisoner
Earliest Release Date: LIFE
Assigned Location: Lakeland Correctional Facility
Maximum Discharge Date: LIFE
Security Level: II

ALIASES MARKS, SCARS & TATTOOS
None
Tattoo- Right Arm – M.P.

PRISON SENTENCES

ACTIVE

Sentence 1
Offense: Homicide – Murder First Degree-Premeditated
Minimum Sentence: LIFE
MCL#: 750.316A
Maximum Sentence: LIFE
Court File#: 07021145-FC-U
Date of Offense: 04/12/1985
County: Genesee
Date of Sentence: 09/22/2008
Conviction Type: Jury

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