Defendant Sentenced for Shooting at Family Members in Front Yard
DATE: April 4, 2019
CASE: Markees Brown (Case #17FE017680)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy DistrictAttorney Nicholas Johnson, Targeting Armed Recidivist Gang Enforcement Team (TARGET)
The Honorable Ernest Sawtelle sentenced Markees Brown to 258 years to life in prison. On November 6, 2018, a jury convicted Brown 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.
Allegations that Brown suffered three prior strike convictions for first-degree residential burglary were found true at the sentencing hearing.
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.