A Danville woman has admitted to being the getaway driver in the daytime shooting death of teenager Hikeem King as he stood on a city street in March.
Ladreka Shawnta Brandon, 34, pleaded guilty in Danville Circuit Court on Wednesday to the charge of accessory after homicide. She will be sentenced on an undetermined date and could face a maximum of five years in prison.
It was during the afternoon of March 10 that Brandon drove a car with four passengers up Arnett Boulevard when one of the passengers asked her to stop, Danville Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Petra Haskins said.
The man who made that request was 21-year-old Justin Montel Jones, Haskins said in court, and he got out of the car and started shooting while another passenger, identified as 21-year-old Antonio Lamonta Burton, opened a car door and also began shooting. Between 10 to 15 rounds were fired, police initially reported.
King, 17, who was standing next to his car along 741 Arnett Blvd., was shot dead.
Search warrants filed in Danville Circuit Court state King was shot in the head.
Brandon, who started to drive off, let Jones back into the vehicle and took the passengers to Greensboro, North Carolina.
“The basis of her charge is stopping the car for Jones to get in,” Haskins told the Register & Bee after the hearing.
Though police initially said the attack was gang related, neither the prosecution nor the defense stated a reason for the incident in court.
Brandon’s next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 29. Her sentencing date will be decided by that day.
Burton, charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of murder is scheduled to appear in court Friday morning.
Jones, charged with first-degree murder, use of a firearm in commission of a murder, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, has yet to have a trial date set.
Passenger Germany Bryontez Carter, 23, charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, also has yet to have a trial date set.
Crane reports for the Register & Bee. He can be reached at (434) 791-7987.