Kwan Kearney has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for the unprovoked killing of 17 year old honor student and athlete Joseph Sharps Jr. in November 2010. Sharps was walking back from the store with a friend when they came upon a group containing Kearney. A press release from the US Attorney's Office tells the rest of the story:
"As the two groups of young men passed each other, Kearney bumped Joseph. “Stop, pump-faking,” said Kearney. “I’m not pump-faking,” replied Joseph. Kearney confronted him again – “What you reaching for?” Joseph said he wasn’t reaching for anything. According to the testimony of one eyewitness, Joseph then raised his hands and shrugged, as if to say that he had no idea what Kearney was talking about. Kearney then pulled a Colt .38-caliber revolver from his waistband and shot Joseph in the belly. Kearney kept shooting. Joseph’s friend was hit in the leg, and Joseph was also hit in the leg and shoulder."
The two teens did not know Kearney, who is also suspected of murdering another man that same week.
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