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Wilson family surprised with Outstanding Bravery award

By Pat Maurer

Review Correspondent

Sheriff John Wilson, his wife Karen and their sons Ross and Evan were surprised with a special award January 20.

The family all received plaques from State Representative Joel Johnston and Undersheriff Rick Miller honoring their bravery when a confessed murderer showed up at the family home in December.

Donald Feneis, 27, and Gabriel L. Woodworth, 23 of Sears were shot and killed by Blake D. Hullihen, 26, of Harrison around December 7 in the parking lot of the Citgo convenience store at the corner of M-115 and M-66 in Marion.

At the time it wasn’t known who the suspect was and what the police should look for. The biggest concern for the police was having a suspect who had just committed a double murder on the loose. The threat level was high for the surrounding area.

Hullihen surrendered to Clare County authorities after the shooting.

Hullihen and his father went to the home of Clare County Sheriff John Wilson about an hour after the shooting, where Hullihen surrendered to the sheriff.

Clare County Sheriff John Wilson said in an interview December 9 that Hullihen’s father Dan Hullihen pulled into his driveway around 6:45 p.m. and came up to his door, asking to speak to Wilson in private. “We went into the kitchen and he handed me a large frame semi-automatic handgun and told me his son had just shot two people with the gun. He said Blake was out in the car.”

Wilson continued, “I sent my wife and son upstairs immediately (my other son was already up there) and called 911 to report what was going on. Then I went out to the car and took Blake into custody.”

It was an unsettling experience for the Wilson family that won’t soon be forgotten, Undersheriff Miller said. Rep. Johnson said he was proud of the actions of the Sheriff and Wilson family and glad he could take part in the awards presentation.