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Man gets 40 years for second-degree murder

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From page A3 | December 19, 2013 | 3 Comments

FAIRFIELD — Deshaun P. Malone shot and killed a drug dealer more than five years ago while trying to rob him on a quiet residential street in Fairfield.

Malone was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years to life in prison for fatally shooting Kendrick Lewis in the back.

It was the second time Malone was sentenced on a murder charge. Malone was found guilty of first-degree murder in 2010 and was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison. The Court of Appeal overturned the conviction in 2011 and ordered a second jury trial. Earlier this year, a second jury found Malone guilty of second-degree murder, reasoning the murder was not premeditated.

Before Malone was sentenced, Lewis’ father, who attended both trials with his wife, told Judge Wendy Getty that the past five years of their lives had been extremely difficult.

“You need to put him away for a long time. I live without my son and I live with pain every day. He needs to feel that pain,” the father said of Malone.

Malone said nothing at the sentencing.

The robbery and shooting came after Malone and a friend, Jamal Kelly, and several other young men spent the night of Nov. 2, 2008. drinking and smoking marijuana. Malone and Kelly decided to buy some Ecstasy tablets from Lewis, who agreed to meet them in Fairfield for the deal.

A few hours later, Lewis drove up to the pair on Mockingbird Lane and, with three friends with him in his car, negotiated prices and amounts. Midway through the transaction, Malone pulled a gun and fired one shot as Lewis started to drive away. Lewis died within minutes.

Kelly, who was also found guilty of a murder charge in 2010, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. The Court of Appeal upheld his conviction and sentencing.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or jsullivan@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.
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  • Kene WinstonDecember 19, 2013 - 12:43 am

    What if that kid lived, we would not be talking about this right now. And that's whats messed up, using deadly force on innocent people should be looked at closer. Some victims may not know it, but the attacker does.

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  • boomDecember 19, 2013 - 11:18 am

    @Kene. Hey, since we're playing What IF, what if the kid did live? What if he kept selling ecstasy? what if he sold ecstasy to your child? what if your child overdosed? That's why we don't play What If.

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  • Kene WinstonDecember 19, 2013 - 1:14 pm

    @boom. I dont understand, the what if? It takes 2 to play this game..What if's are what could have happened. Lets prevent this from happening again, agree?

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