Wichita man sentenced for murdering 19-year-old who tried to steal $450 worth of marijuana

Wichita man sentenced for murdering 19-year-old who tried to steal 0 worth of marijuana
Wichita man sentenced for murdering 19-year-old who tried to steal 0 worth of marijuana

A Sedgwick County choose on Friday ordered a Wichita man to serve 9 years, three months in jail for killing a 19-year-old throughout a botched drug deal final summer season.

Authorities have stated Brian Lee Youngman shot Donovan Graves of Wichita within the head exterior of 5205 S. Clifton on July 11, 2022, after Graves pulled a gun to rob a then 17-year-old woman of a quarter-pound of marijuana. In accordance to his Jan. 4 plea settlement, Youngman had requested the woman “to assist him discover somebody to buy a small amount of marijuana that he had for sale,” so she contacted Graves by means of social media and organized the deal, for $450.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Workplace has stated two girls — Lanita Baugh and Myrashia Griffin — drove Graves to Youngman’s residence for the transaction. The deal turned lethal when Youngman shot Graves throughout the theft try, authorities have stated.

Youngman’s plea settlement says the lads didn’t know each other and Youngman and the woman “weren’t conscious that Graves had a historical past of committing robberies.” They didn’t know Graves had deliberate to rob them that night time, the settlement says.

Graves was discovered lifeless in a automotive on the QuikTrip fuel station at forty seventh Road South and Hydraulic.

Youngman was convicted of one depend of second-degree reckless homicide by means of an Alford plea, which permits a defendant to preserve innocence whereas acknowledging that prosecutors have sufficient proof to probably win a conviction.

Sedgwick County District Decide Jeffrey Goering imposed Youngman’s sentence on Friday morning, stated Dan Dillon, a spokesman for the Sedgwick County District Lawyer’s Workplace.

Youngman’s co-defendants are awaiting decision of their circumstances:

Baugh, 19, is going through a potential jail sentence of practically eight years when she is sentenced March 16. She pleaded responsible to aggravated theft and tried theft in separate circumstances on Jan. 27, court docket information present.

Griffin, 20, is predicted to obtain a 12 months of probation when she is sentenced March 16 on one depend of tried theft, in accordance to her Jan. 23 plea settlement.

The woman whom Graves allegedly pulled the gun on, Nancy Miller, is charged as an grownup with first-degree felony homicide and marijuana distribution. She is due in court docket once more on March 14, when she’s anticipated to enter a plea, a be aware in court docket information reveals. Miller is presently 18.

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