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.
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