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Alleged killer of Jamyla Bolden was out on suspended sentence at time of shooting

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DeEris Brown has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon: shooting at a building, armed criminal action, second-degree murder, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of a weapon.  He allegedly killed Jamyla Bolden, 9, while she was in bed DeEris Brown has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon: shooting at a building, armed criminal action, second-degree murder, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of a weapon. He allegedly killed Jamyla Bolden, 9, while she was in bed

(KMOV.com) – The man accused of fatally shooting Jamyla Bolden, 9, would have been in prison at the time of the shooting had his sentence for robbery not been suspended.

De’Eris Brown plead guilty to robbery charges in March and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but a judge suspended the sentence and instead Brown was given five-years probation. He allegedly shot Bolden on August 20 while she was in bed doing homework.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce said many defendants in St. Louis City refuse a plea bargain, believing a judge will hand down a lighter sentence.

“They throw themselves on the court’s mercy because they think they’ll get a better deal that way and they typically do,” Joyce said.

The St. Charles County Prosecutor’s Office told News 4 nobody was available to discuss Brown’s case. Brown’s case was handled by St. Charles Circuit Judge Ted House. House also refused to comment.

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