- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2020

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware member of the Shoot To Kill gang has been sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of a teen walking home from school in 2016.

Diamonte Taylor, 22, of Wilmington received a sentence of life plus 11 years Friday in Superior Court. Another gang member, Zaahir Smith, 22, of Newark, received a 21-year sentence.

Both were charged with murder in the May 2016 shooting of 15-year-old Brandon Wingo. He was shot in the head as he walked home from Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington. Prosecutors say Wingo was a member of a rival gang. The brazen nature of the shooting shocked the community and prompted police in the city to crack down on gang violence.

Smith avoided a possible murder conviction last year by pleading to other charges.

A third Shoot to Kill member, Kevon Harris-Dickerson, was also charged in Wingo’s death but struck a plea deal and testified against Taylor at his 2018 trial.



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