A Wilmington man has pled guilty to the kidnapping and killing of a New Castle County woman and the 2017 shooting of a 6-year-old boy that same day.
David C. Weiss, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced yesterday that Ryan Bacon, 37, of Wilmington, pled guilty in federal court, accepting his role in the kidnapping and killing of 28-year-old Keyonna Perkins during the morning of June 6, 2017, and the shooting of 6-year-old JaShown Banner that same day. U.S. District Judge Leonard P. Stark accepted the plea.
According to court documents, Bacon, who also goes by “Buck 50”, pled guilty to the following offenses: (1) Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping; (2) Discharging of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence; (3) Conspiracy to Commit Stalking; and (4) Stalking. As part of the plea, Bacon agreed to serve 30 years in federal prison. Bacon’s sentencing date has not yet been set.
In October of 2018 Weiss, released a statement outlining the events of that day. According to the 2018 Indictment, Ryan Bacon along with five other codefendants stalked an enemy of theirs from May 6 onward. On June 6, several members of the group waited outside their target’s apartment. They ultimately followed and kidnapped Perkins, the target’s partner, and used her phone to lure the target out of the apartment. They shot at the target, missing him, with Perkins in the trunk of one of their cars. The group then transferred Perkins from the trunk of one car to another, and two defendants—Bacon and a codefendant drove Perkins to Elkton, Maryland, where they shot her five times, killing her according to Weiss.
The Indictment describes that the group subsequently realized their target was still alive and proceeded to Wilmington. Three of the defendants followed their target into Wilmington, located him near the corner of 6th and Spruce Streets, and shot at him multiple times, again missing him. One-shot hit 6-year-old JaShown Banner, who was in a nearby car, in the head. The child remains permanently and seriously injured, Weiss said at the time.
Bacon was facing a mandatory term of life imprisonment if convicted of the kidnapping and killing of Perkins, Weiss said in his 2018 statement.