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Prosecutor: Suspended sentence for alleged killer of Jamalya Bolden was appropriate

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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 St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar said a suspended sentence was appropriate in a robbery case against the man accused of shooting Jamyla Bolden, 9.

De’eris Brown received a 10-year suspended sentence in March for his participation in a robbery in 2014. Lohmar told News 4 the sentence was reasonable given the circumstances.

“He and another individual robbed a drug dealer for $200. A lot of jurisdictions in the state wouldn’t even charge in a robbery case like that. We do and we hold him accountable,” Lohmar said.

Lohmar said many jurisdictions would not have prosecuted the case because of overcrowded courts and because the victim isn’t going to get much sympathy from the jury. News 4 learned Brown was unarmed during the robbery.

A plea bargain with the 10-year suspended sentence included was signed off on by a judge.

“It’s clearly a robbery, but as you dive into it more and realize how you are going to prove your case that presents several credibility issues as a witness. You’re a drug dealer and convicted felon, how credible are you?” Lohmar said. “Those are things we have to balance. We balance those sort of things in every case but those reasons a plea bargain should be offered.”

In a different case, Brown was armed when he allegedly threatened his ex-girlfriend at the restaurant where she was working. The case was later dropped because the victim refused to cooperate.

Lohmar said it say that Brown should have been sentenced to prison, but also said that is not the reality in the judicial system.

“They’re quick to point to something in the past as indicative of the future behavior and that’s just not the case. We can’t predict what people who are capable of these sorts of things are going to do in the future. If we could, if we had a crystal ball, I think it would be a lot easier. We don’t, we do the best with what we have and I still feel we did things the right way,” Lohmar said.

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