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Lansing man pleads guilty to federal charge

Booking photo of Rashad Trice from July 2023
Ingham County Sheriff's Office
Booking photo of Rashad Trice from July 2023

Rashad Trice, who kidnapped and killed his ex-girlfriend’s two-year-old daughter, has plead guilty to a federal charge of kidnapping resulting in death

The plea agreement was entered into Grand Rapids’ Federal Court on Thursday.

Rahsad Trice, 27, of Lansing, was indicted in July of 2023 for Kidnapping Resulting in Death and Kidnapping a Minor.

Originally, Trice plead not guilty during his arraignment last August.

The complaint states that Trice strangled Wynter Cole-Smith with a cellphone cord and left her body in a Detroit alley.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel also charged Trice in state court with numerous counts in connection with the sexual assault and stabbing of the girl’s mother last July before driving away with Wynter.

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan Mark Totten said the plea was an important step forward as they seek justice for Wynter Cole-Smith’s family and the people of Michigan.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 19th.

Trice faces a mandatory life sentence.

Dave joined WGVU Public Media in November of 2023 after eighteen years as a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Emmy-nominated photojournalist and editor at Grand Rapids' WOOD TV8 and three years at WEYI TV25 in Flint, Michigan. As a General Assignment Reporter, Dave covers daily news and community events all over West Michigan.
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