An Army vet in Texas. through he was meeting a stripper named "Tiny." Instead he was robbed and killed. Now, one of the people involved has been convicted and faces decades in prison.
Jessica Helen Hampton, 20, is among three people charged in connection to the murder of Army veteran Shareef Raekwon Ali-Barnett, 24, who was gunned down June 21, 2020, in Killeen, Texas.
Hampton, who pleaded guilty to first-degree felony murder, is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 13, according to the Killeen Daily Herald.
She is facing anywhere between five to 99 years, or life, in prison, according to the Killeen Daily Herald. Judge Steve Duskie will hear testimony and arguments from attorneys before handing down a sentence.
Hampton's brother, Jordan Hampton, and Breez Breann Collier, whose street name is "Tiny," were both charged in connection to the Ali-Barnett's murder. Jordan Hampton pleaded guilty on Sept. 2 to manslaughter and received a sentence of 18 years in prison, while Collier has a trial date set for Oct. 24 on a first-degree felony murder charge.
The charges date to an incident in the early morning of June 14, 2020, when Killeen police responded to a shots-fired call in the 200 block of Evergreen Drive, according to the Killeen Daily Herald. Police arrived and found Ali-Barnett suffering from a gunshot wound, and he later died on scene.
“The victim’s pockets had been turned inside out when Killeen police arrived on scene,” the arrest affidavit states, according to the Killeen Daily Herald.
According to police, Collier, 26, had agreed to meet Ali-Barnett for sex. Instead, the trio wound up attempting to rob the man and fatally shot him. Collier said told a jury that she was on drugs and didn't remember much of what happened that night, the Killeen Daily Herald reported.
My mind was messed up; I wasn’t clearheaded,” said Collier, who said she had been smoking embalming fluid, known as "wet," while also being a regular user of methamphetamine and heroin. Collier told the court that she and Jessica Hampton had planned the robbery that night.
Collier said that she had gotten into Ali-Barnett's car and exited when he didn't give her money. He then walked to the front of the car, where "he got shot," Collier said. She told the court it was too dark to see who shot him, according to the Killeen Daily Herald.
“After I saw the gun fire, I don’t remember what happened,” Collier said. “I ran up the street.” Collier added that Jessica Hampton called out "Tiny," who then turned back to look at the scene.
“I saw Jessica and Jordan standing next to the body,” Collier said. “Jessica was going through his pockets.” She said they tried to get into Ali-Barnett's car, but it was locked, so they were picked up down the street by Jessica Hampton's boyfriend.
According to the Killeen Daily Herald, Ali-Barnett died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.