January 23, 2013
LIMA — An Allen County jury found a man guilty of shooting another man in the hip last year during a confrontation, and a judge sentenced him to 13 years in prison.
The jury found Desmond Liles, 22, who is accused of shooting Anthony Brown on July 16, guilty on all three counts, including felonious assault with a gun, discharge of a gun on or near a prohibited premise and having a gun under a court sanction. Liles was sentenced to 13 years in prison. He faced a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.
During closing arguments, Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Jennifer King told the jury to look at the evidence and apply it to the charges, checking off each charge as it was proved.
She told the jury the evidence proves what happened.
“Desmond Liles shot Anthony Brown,” King said.
Liles’ attorney, John Hopkins, tried to poke holes in the prosecution’s case, telling jurors the picture was cloudy, not clear, as to what happened that day.
“This isn’t a case of what happened, it’s a case of who did it,” Hopkins said.
Hopkins said Brown gave several stories about what happened including saying he was hit by a stray bullet. He also said testimony from Keirrea Brown, the sister of the victim, was shaky.
But King said the rest of the evidence supports the testimony of Keirrea Brown and Anthony Brown proving they were truthful.
“Keirrea fills in the blank with that direct testimony that Desmond knew who he was shooting when he shot Anthony,” King said.
Prosecutors said the shooting stemmed from a robbery the day before which three mask men entered a house to rob Anthony Brown. Brown later told his brothers who went looking for the robbers and came across Liles and others, which led to a fight and the shooting.