Sentencing delayed for killer of veteran Detroit firefighter

Terell Josey, 28, was convicted and is awaiting sentencing for the July 2021 murder of Francis "Frank" Drombowski


Aileen Wingblad
Daily Tribune, Royal Oak, Mich.

DETROIT — Sentencing has been postponed for a Detroit man convicted of killing a veteran Detroit firefighter in Troy last year following a reported road rage incident.

Terell Josey, 28, had been scheduled for a sentencing hearing before Oakland County Circuit Judge Daniel O'Brien on Sept. 19, but it's now set for Oct. 3. According to the court file, the adjournment is for "investigation/discovery."

At the conclusion of a trial in August, a jury found Terell Josey guilty of voluntary manslaughter and weapons offenses for the July 5, 2021 incident that killed Francis
At the conclusion of a trial in August, a jury found Terell Josey guilty of voluntary manslaughter and weapons offenses for the July 5, 2021 incident that killed Francis "Frank" Drombowski, 55, of Rochester Hills. (Photo/Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan)

At the conclusion of a trial in August, a jury found Josey guilty of voluntary manslaughter and weapons offenses for the July 5, 2021 incident that killed Francis "Frank" Drombowski, 55, of Rochester Hills.

The shooting happened outside a Shell gas station on Rochester Road following the alleged road rage incident. According to testimony presented during the trial, Josey and Dombrowski exchanged a barrage of profanities toward each other as the two vehicles continued along the roadway, and ended up at the gas station where both men exited their vehicles. Surveillance video presented to the jury showed Dombrowski quickly approached Josey and ended up being shot. He was pronounced dead at an area hospital a short time later.

Josey's attorney Marc Lakin had built a self-defense claim, with Dombrowski as the aggressor who had reached for Josey's gun. Dombrowski had a blood alcohol content of .22 percent and Methadone in his system when he approached Josey, who fired his 9mm handgun at him three times. Josey's 2-year-old son and Fuller were in the Jeep at the time of the shooting.

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