Michigan Marine’s Father Speaks on Unjust Charges

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Back in January of 2018, we reported on the case of Michigan Marine Sgt Joey Nelson, who was charged with six felonies for defending his family from an intruder named Michael Wilson. We received an update from his father, Steve, and wanted to make sure our readers knew the rest of the story. Some of Steve’s  previous posts regarding the incident are at this link. The trial is set for November 7th.


There is no, ‘oh it’s the marines fault,’ like the bogus press release from the Westland Police Department, stating this happened over a mutual female friend.

Wilson has never met Sergeant Nelson, never been in his home & had no legal right to be there. His girlfriend Andrea Ward was outside of the house.

All 7 adults at the house, including Wilson & Ward, put Wilson at the door first. In Wilson’s sworn statement to police “I grabbed the tank and pounded on the door.”

The case against Nelson is predicated on the first time they interact & according to police that is when Nelson discharges his firearm.
The neighbors second statement, 11 days later, which contradicts her first statement, provides the corroboration to charge Nelson.

It’s really simple to see her comments are after Wilson was at the door. She also states Wilson fires into the house after Nelson had retreated, his 3rd crime of that night. Armed home invasion &, shooting Nelson, round out his trifecta of felonies ignored by the Westland Police Department.

Status update on this story

Facts from the police report:
Ward leaves the residence around 10:45 p.m. and the rest of the people in the house as soon as she left and she called for a ride from her boyfriend.

Approximately 15 minutes later, Ward’s boyfriend Michael Scott Wilson arrives. These are his own words as recorded by the officer-in-charge lead detective Torolski; “Wilson stated he grabbed the tank from the front porch and pounded on the front door yelling let’s go.” And Wilson’s own written statement: “tank on the porch grab tank knock on the door.”

In Ward’s statement to the Westland Police  “I was outside smoking when Mike arrived. Ward stated Mike did not see her and knock hard on the door and said what’s going on?”

In Sergeant Nelson’s statement to the officer-in-charge: “Nelson stated an unknown person began banging on the door and when he opened it he was confronted by an unknown man.”

From Lisa’s written statement: “heard pounding on the door and then I heard Joe he’s been hit.”

Amanda’s statement from officer Gomez: “Amanda stated she was in the living room when an unknown subject knocked on her front door her boyfriend answered the door.”

From Justin to officer Gomez: “Justin stated he was sitting in the front living room when an unknown subject again banging on the door Joseph opened up the door.”

7 adult witness including the man who had no legal right to be there, who was carrying a concealed pistol illegally as he attempted an armed home invasion, at the door first.

The door frame was completely broken consistent with Wilson’s own words, someone grabbing the tank and pounding on the door.

Westland Police Sergeant Kenyon stated in his written account of the investigation of the scene, “I observed the front door jamb to be broken and it appeared fresh as a strike plate was laying on the ground with wood splinters. The broken strike plate and wood splinters were not collected as evidence.”

Sergeant Kenyon is 1 of eight officers on the scene to comment on the broken door.

Six out of the 8 officers on scene made mention of a marijuana pipe found on the front table. Ownership was arbitrarily assigned to Sergeant Nelson even though he denied that was his. He was charged with a minor offense of violation of the health and safety code in addition to 6 felonies. Part of Sergeant Nelson’s Marine Duties are to administer the Battalion wide monthly random drug test. He is required to self administer a test as well. He has passed 19 drug tests in a row for the Marine Corps.

The fact in this case is that Michael Scott Wilson tried to enter the home of Marine Sergeant Joseph Nelson by trying to break down the door and when confronted by Nelson subsequently shot him and then continued to shoot into the house after Nelson had retreated.

The Westland Police do not view this as a crime they say the crime first crime committed was when Sergeant Nelson exited his house and confronted Wilson.

On 1-16-2018, 11 days after the original event a second statement was taken from an off property Witness. The key components to charge Nelson come from that second statement to police. Those key components are this: the witness stated she was certain that Nelson fired at Wilson first she stated. She did not see where Wilson got his gun, she stated Wilson trying to break into the home and she stated, she observed Wilson never made it to the front door before being confronted by Nelson. She continued to say Wilson fired into the home after Nelson had retreated and shut the door.

The Westland Police failed to piece together the facts as stated by 7 Witnesses on the property of the event placing Wilson at the door trying to enter the home by breaking it down, even ignoring Wilson’s own statement to them.

Incompetence continues when the Westland Police are unable to put the off property witness’s statement in the correct context, she obviously comes in late to the story.

The first meeting between Sergeant Nelson and Wilson is when Wilson is at Nelson’s door and tries to gain entry to the home. Not as the police will have you believe that the first confrontation is when Nelson comes out and challenges Wilson with his handgun.

The police ignore existing Michigan Law that actually protects Sergeant Nelson Michigan compiled law section 780 .951 and section 7 80972 are Michigan’s version of the castle doctrine and self-defense laws. That law says if you are the victim I make home invasion and you meet certain criteria deadly force is okay to use.

Mr. Nelson was not committing a crime before the confrontation at the door with Wilson. That’s one component, you have to be legally able to be where you’re at you have to truly believe your life is in danger or somebody else’s life is in danger or great bodily harm could ensue. That’s obvious here with the gunshot wound and the other participant doesn’t have the legal right to be there. Wilson did not have the legal right to be on the property.

FIVE shots fired, not 4

The officer in charge, Sergeant Toloski, states these are the conclusions of his investigation, which lead to Nelson’s 6 felonies. The investigation revealed the crime scene was consistent with statements made by Wilson as his shell casings were recovered near the end of the driveway Street. This conclusion is reached by the police because Wilson said he shot four times, they found four shell casings. There were four shots into the home two in the door two in the window. He went home after the incident and removed two additional bullets from his weapon 4 + 2 is 6 the capacity of his weapon is 6. This was a fraudulent statement as it was being written.

Sergeant Nelson was shot that’s five gunshots from Wilson that dispute what the police say is evidence. A fifth .380 auto shell casing was recovered in March and turned over to the Westland Police. It was the same make as other shell casings already in evidence, from Wilson’s weapon.

The second point that Toroski indicates his investigation revealed is “subject Nelson had made on scene statements that were inconsistent with crime scene evidence.”

This refers to the fact that the police evidence technicians could not locate Sergeant Nelsons seven .45 shell casings. The same time Wilson’s .380 shell casing was located, seven .45 caliber shell casings were found to the right on Nelson’s front porch consistent with firing a handgun from the door frame of the house.

Conclusion number three: “subject Nelson made inconsistent statements with Witnesses in the home.” Officer Janovich; “ Nelson stated that they were sitting in their living room watching TV when someone began pounding very loudly on their front door. He said he went to answer it he saw a white male with a shaved head when he got in and shot Nelson said he returned fire with his own gun.”

Later in officer Janovich’s report he states: Corey, Lisa and Justin all said basically the same as Nelson they were all sitting upstairs when somebody began pounding at the door they all said Nelson got up to answer the door and the next thing they knew shots were fired they all said they ran into the basement because they were scared.”

Written statements by Amanda, Lisa and Justin support those versions of events.

Sergeant Nelson is scheduled to go to trial on November 7th 2018 facing 6 felony counts including attempted murder and various weapons charges.

Michael Scott Wilson was given immunity and plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge and was given probation.

The facts of this case are that Wilson tried to commit a home invasion while illegally armed, shot the homeowner, who defended his friends and family, & retreated into his home, while Wilson continued to shoot into an occupied house with five adults and a 3 week old baby inside.

The Westland Police have either conducted the most incompetent police investigation of all time or conspired the frame Master Sergeant Nelson with 6 felonies while protecting the real criminal in this story Michael Scott Wilson. They missed that Sergeant Nelson was shot, clearly showing Wilson shot more than four times. The physical evidence of the fifth .380 auto shell casing, seven .45 shell casings & then used their own incompetence against Sergeant Nelson.

Additionally they missed the evidence from the front door clearly showing an attempted break-in, the strike plate and splinters on the ground. In fact, they ignored the front door completely they claim the initial meeting between Nelson and Wilson is when Nelson leaves his home and discharges his firearm, based on a witness who gave conflicting statements both times she spoke with police.

It is clear she saw what she saw but she did not start at the beginning as everyone else involved puts Wilson at the door and again in his own words “I grabbed the tank and pounded on the door.” That fact Wilson is committing an armed home invasion gives Sergeant Nelson protection under current Michigan law which the police ignore, just like the fact that Wilson committed a second crime and shooting Nelson and then commits a third crime when he shoots into an occupied dwelling.

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