TACOMA, WA – On October 12, 2016, Alexander Kitt, 24, Jermohnn Gore, 17, and Clifford Krentkowski, 18, were sentenced for the murder of Brandon Morris, 19.
Gore, the one who fired the fatal shot, was sentenced to 82 years in prison. Kitt received 84 years, and Krentkowski was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
“This was a challenging trial and another success for our gang unit,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “Deputy Prosecutors Jesse Williams and Gregory Greer did good work on this case. They achieved justice for the victim and made our community safer.”
The trial was plagued by threats and pictures and video of witnesses turning up on Facebook. The judge in the case eventually ordered extra security outside the courtroom and some cell phones were confiscated.
On the afternoon of May 1, 2015, the defendants were riding in a car in the area of South 45th Street and South Puget Sound Avenue. They spotted suspected rivals standing next to a convenience store. The defendants began shooting from the car as the driver turned down an alley. Morris was shot once in the head while standing with four friends outside of an apartment building adjacent to the alley. Morris and his friends were not in a gang, and detectives believe they were not the intended targets.
Prosecutors say Gore fired the fatal shot but that Kitt also fired shots. Krentkowski was holding an assault rifle but did not fire.
Along with the first degree murder the trio was also convicted of four counts of first degree assault and Kitt and Gore were convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm. Gore was also convicted of intimidating a witness.