Two Gang Members Sentenced In Connection To 15-Year-Old’s Murder

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Two members of the Shoot To Kill (STK) gang, who were responsible for multiple armed robberies and three separate shootings—including the broad daylight murder of 15-year-old Brandon Wingo—have been sentenced by a Superior Court Judge.

Diamonte Taylor, 22, of Wilmington, was sentenced life in prison plus 11 years after a Superior Court jury convicted him in April 2018 of Murder 1st Degree, Assault 1st Degree, 2 counts of Reckless Endangering First Degree, 2 counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, 2 counts of Aggravated Menacing and Illegal Gang Participation.

Co-defendant Zaahir Smith, 22, of Newark, was sentenced to 21 years in prison after pleading guilty in March to Robbery 1st Degree, Attempted Robbery 1st Degree, Assault 1st Degree, Conspiracy 1st Degree, Gang Participation and 2 counts of Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony.

Taylor and Smith were indicted as STK members who engaged in a series of violent gang-related firearm violence, including Wingo’s murder, during the month of May 2016. Prior to Wingo’s murder, Smith and Taylor robbed two men at gunpoint after setting them up in Newark. Several days later, Smith shot a man during a robbery attempt in the 1600 block of Thatcher Street in Wilmington.

In the summer of 2016, Taylor and Smith along with a third man, Kevon Harris-Dickerson were all indicted for the shooting death on  Wingo’s as he walked home from school.

Although Harris-Dickerson was initially indicted on charges of first-degree murder, gang participation and a slew of other crimes he turned state’s evidence.  Harris-Dickerson pled to lesser charges and agreed to cooperate with authorities. He is serving an eight-year prison sentence out of state.

The charges against the three men include gang participation as police and prosecutors believe that the three men were members of the Shoot To Kill, or STK, gang and that Brandon’s shooting was yet another violent act by the gang. In addition to charges related to Brandon Wingo’s murder on May 19, the indictment includes charges for crimes committed on May 3, May 5, May 16, May 30 and June 1, some of them as re-indictments now included as gang-related activity.

 

 

 

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