'It won't bring my daughter back' Father of Jamyla Bolden speaks - KMOV.com

'It won't bring my daughter back' Father of Jamyla Bolden speaks after plea deal

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Jamyla Bolden was fatally shot while doing her homework Tuesday night (Credit: GoFundMe) Jamyla Bolden was fatally shot while doing her homework Tuesday night (Credit: GoFundMe)
De'Eris Brown & Jamyla Bolden (Credit: Family / Police) De'Eris Brown & Jamyla Bolden (Credit: Family / Police)

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – De’Eris Brown has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of Jamyla Bolden.

The 9-year-old was doing her homework while seated on a bed in the 9200 block of Ellison when she was fatally shot around 9:30 p.m. on August 18, 2015.

According to police, the bullets came from outside of the home. Authorities do not believe it was a drive-by shooting and are unsure if it was targeted or random. Police believe Brown was by himself during the shooting.

Brown was charged in the shooting death of Bolden after allegedly confessing he shot into her home.

"Honestly, it doesn't matter how much time they give him, it won't bring my daughter back," said Jamyla's father James Bolden. "I want to know why, what caused the young man to do what he did."

Investigators say that Brown shot into the house because he believed that during the unrest in Ferguson on the one-year anniversary of the Michael Brown shooting, someone had stolen a wallet or cell phone from him.

He believed that person was staying at the home.

"It's stupidity is what it is," St. Louis prosecuting attorney Bob McCulloch said. "A guy who doesn't understand, like so many young men in that age group don't understand, guns kill people. Firing a gun is going to kill someone."

While Jamyla Bolden's family and friends were in tears in the courtroom, Brown read a short statement apologizing for his "reckless behavior" and saying he wished he had thought of the consequences.

"I hope this plays out as a lesson for a lot of people out there. It's tragic. We lost a young girl who was doing nothing more than doing her homework and a young man going to be in prison until he's not such a young man," McCulloch said. 

Brown was 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. After pleading guilty to second-degree murder, armed criminal action and other charges Friday, he was sentenced to 22 years in prison.

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An arrest document states a witness identified Brown as the shooter and an informant also came forward stating the defendant admitted shooting into the home on the night of the murder. 

Brown was arrested in 2014 after allegedly pulling a pistol on a Subway employee in the middle of the parking lot. Police said at the time that Brown called an employee of the store and said: “I’m coming to your job and going to shoot up the place.” Police say he later showed up and pointed the gun at the employee saying “come talk to my nine,” referring to his gun. No one was seriously hurt in that incident.

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Charges in the incident were later dismissed because prosecutors said the victim did not cooperate. 

In March 2015, Brown pleaded guilty to robbery charges and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but the sentence was suspended and he was placed on five-years probation.

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