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Default Grand Rapids, MI WM pizzeria owner stabbed to death by negro to spend at least 50 years in prison


Man who stabbed restaurateur will spend at least 50 years in prison for 'senseless killing'
Tony Streets, 34, fatally stabbed Vitale inside Burton Heights Pizza in October of 2018.

Updated: 8:36 PM EST November 7, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The man convicted of stabbing a third generation restaurateur last October was confronted in court Thursday by the family of the man he killed.

Tony Streets, 34, pleaded guilty last month to the fatal stabbing of Joey Vitale inside his own restaurant
, Burton Heights Pizza. Streets was sentenced on Nov. 7 to between 50 and 100 years in prison.

"You are clearly a danger to society and you are someone who should never be allowed out of prison," Kent County Circuit Court Judge Mark Trusock said to Streets ahead of his sentencing.


Restaurant owner’s accused killer has been in trouble since he was 10 years old
Tony Devern Streets, 33, is charged with three felonies, including open murder, for the Oct. 3 stabbing death of Joey Vitale at Burton Heights Pizza in Grand Rapids.

Updated: 8:34 PM EDT October 5, 2018

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The man accused of killing a popular Grand Rapids pizza store owner had his first taste of the criminal justice system when, at the age of 10, he was accused of sexually assaulting a girl.

Before he reached adulthood, Tony Devern Streets Jr. accumulated another 18 charges for offenses ranging from larceny to domestic violence. He saw also his father locked up for raping a child.

On Friday, the 33-year-old Grand Rapids man answered to three felony charges that could keep him, like his father, in prison for life.

Streets was arraigned in Grand Rapids District Court on a charge of open murder for the stabbing death of 31-year-old Joseph ‘Joey’ Vitale, a married father of two. He’s also charged with armed robbery and car-jacking. All three offenses are punishable by up to life in prison.

The chain of events started shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 at Burton Heights Pizza, located on Burton Street SW west of Buchanan Avenue.

Investigators say Streets was causing a disturbance and was asked to leave. He grabbed a knife and stabbed Vitale before heading outside.

Streets then confronted a man in the parking lot who was attempting to call 911. He threatened the man with the knife, took his cellphone and ran off, investigators said.

Vitale, bleeding heavily, got into his vehicle and attempted to drive himself to a hospital about three miles away. His vehicle crashed a short distance from Mercy Health St. Mary’s hospital. Vitale was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he later died.

As Vitale drove from the restaurant, Streets ran north. He confronted a man in an SUV at Darwin Avenue and Quigley Boulevard SW and tried to take his vehicle. The man fled on foot, keys in hand, and flagged down approaching police vehicles.

Officers, assisted by a police dog, soon located and arrested Streets, who put up a struggle.

In addition to open murder, Streets was charged with armed robbery for the incident in the parking lot and car-jacking for the incident at Darwin and Quigley.


A September 2018 mug shot of Tony Streets.


Joseph Anthony Vitale
March 30, 1987 - October 4, 2018
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