Flint, MI – Carlos Jordan has apologized for killing Flint cab driver Stephen Warnemunde 40 years ago.
Whatever decision the Michigan Parole Board makes about his fate, however, the victim’s family members said at this week’s hearing that he deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison.
Norman Warne Munde, who was less than 2 years old when his father was shot in the back of the head and shoulder after taking Jordan, said, “I do not feel like my family is going through this anymore. And just two friends in Flint just three days after Christmas in 1981.
“I hope you accept your duty, sir,” Warne Munde told Jordan in a virtual hearing on Thursday, March 17th. “You will not serve (to return) to an area less than 10 miles from where I am. Living right now.”
Jordan was just 17 years old when he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for killing Stephen Warnemunde. He is serving a sentence for attempting to escape two separate prisons, including jumping off a 42-foot-high wall at a state prison in Ionia County in 1987 and breaking two of his ankles.
He assaulted a 14-year-old girl with intent to commit a criminal sexual assault, the same month Warne Munde was murdered on the Michigan Department of Corrections records show.
Although most parole decisions are made through a three-member panel of the Parole Board, decisions for inmates serving life sentences such as Jordan are made by a majority vote of all 10 members of the board, who review the transcript and report from Thursday’s hearing.
The 57-year-old, and prisoner at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility in Jackson County, Jordan, received support from his own family at Thursday’s trial and apologized for killing Warnemunde – more than a decade after his indictment he denied.
According to the Flint Journal files, a Genesis County jury found Jordan guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Warne Munde, just 25, when he and his friends were taken to an area near Holmes Junior High School in Flint.
Jordan said Thursday he did not plan to kill Warne Munde, but that he refused to stop his cab because the driver had been shot and tried to turn the vehicle into a residential area with potential witnesses.
“He’s trying to reach the corner, where if he turns left, he’s going back to the residential area where there are a lot of houses,” Jordan said. “When he stopped the car, I shot him.”
Jordan was sentenced to life imprisonment for testifying that he was the triggerman in the shooting of two other teenagers traveling in Warne Munde’s cab – who denied his sentence during his trial and before Genesis Circuit Court Judge Philip Elliott.
During Elliott’s sentencing, Jordan fired a gun at the cab driver, saying “with less emotion than I could have hit a fly”.
On Thursday, Jordan apologized to his victim’s family, saying he knew his “meaningless crime” had destroyed them.
“His family is gone now … I killed him myself. I killed him, “he said. “I’m sure he’s sorry because I’m reached the point where I understand how precious life is and I took him for no reason.”
Norman Warnmunde says he has been thinking all his life about “what my life would have been like” if his father had saved his life.
“I robbed him of life with him for 40 years,” he said. “He robbed me of his life of riding a bike, throwing baseball, driving a car, hunting and fishing – just teaching me how to live simple, basic lives.”
Instead, he said, “I have to go to the tombstone to share a milestone with my father.”
State law states that a prisoner will not be granted parole after serving the minimum sentence, until the parole board has given “reasonable assurances that after considering all the facts and circumstances, the prisoner will not become a threat to society or the public,” according to the Michigan Department of Corrections’ website.
The full, 10-member parole board is expected to determine Jordan’s fate at a full meeting in the coming weeks, taking into account his testimony, the nature of his crime, his prison behavior and other factors.
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