Defendant Convicted of Shooting at Family Members in Front Yard
DATE: November 7, 2018
CASE: Markees Brown (Case #17FE017680)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy DistrictAttorney Nicholas Johnson, Targeting Armed Recidivist Gang Enforcement Team (TARGET)
Markees Brown was convicted by a jury of three counts of first-degree attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation, three counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, three counts of shooting at individuals from a car, shooting at an inhabited dwelling and felon in possession of a firearm. The jury also found true multiple firearm enhancements.
Markees Brown was dating a young woman who was in an ongoing dispute with members of a family who lived in the Strawberry Manors neighborhood. On September 11, 2017, members of that family were out in the front yard, including a 4-year-old boy. Brown and another individual drove up to the family’s residence. Brown then got out of the car, pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and shot four times at the residence. No one was struck by the gunfire. Brown got back into the car and drove away. Several family members were able to identify Brown as the shooter.
Allegations that Brown suffered three prior first-degree residential burglary convictions from 2015 and 2016 will be determined at the sentencing hearing.
Brown faces a maximum sentence of 118 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for November 30, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. in Department 19 before the Honorable Ernest Sawtelle.