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Crips gang member given 20-to-life for shooting death of 13-year-old Brooklyn boy

February 8, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Crips gang member given 20-to-life for shooting death of 13-year-old Brooklyn boy

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A judge sentenced a gang member in Brooklyn, New York to 20-years-to-life in prison for the senseless murder of a 13-year-old boy on Friday.

Akbar Johns, 20, was convicted in January of fatally shooting 13-year-old Ronald Wallace III, in the back of the head around midnight on Aug. 24, 2012, in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn.

The member of the Bully Crip gang fired shots at Wallace and his friends, who hours before had pointed a red laser at him.

Johns sat as he was confronted by the victim’s mother, who gave a tear-filled emotional impact statement during the sentencing hearing.

“My son was a good kid. When you killed him you didn’t just rob him, you robbed my family and me,” Tiffany Orr said in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Friday.

Orr admitted that letting her son stay out late “may not have been the best idea,” but said her son was no gang member; the boy was merely hanging out with his friends from middle school.

Wallace III was to begin his freshmen year of high school and planned on playing for the basketball team.

“My son was not a gang member. He was a committed athlete. He would get Charlie horses often because he played on three different basketball teams,” Orr said as tears streamed down her face.

Prosecutor Yaniris Urraca argued for the maximum sentence of 25 years to life-in-prison be imposed against John while his attorney Jonathan Strauss requested the minimum of 15 years-to-life.

“This violent gang member senselessly murdered a 13-year old boy because he simply has no regard for human life — and even laughed about how he shot and killed that young child,” said Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson.

“I take responsibility for what happened, but it wasn’t what I set out to do, I never meant to hurt anybody,” Johns told Justice Neil Firetog before issuing the prison term.

“He will spend many years behind bars and one day he may come to regret the innocent life that he took,” said Thompson.

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