An 11-year-old was asleep in a home when a rapper opened fire with an AK-47. One of the 20 rounds from the assault rifle — or a round from a 9mm handgun — hit and killed the child.
Now, the shooter will head to prison for decades.
Recently, a Judge in Texas sentenced Sonnie Reyes to 40 years in prison for the murder of 11-year-old Kamren Jones. Reyes previously pleaded guilty on the eve of his trial, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
He was arrested weeks after the June 2019 incident.
Karmen was a student athlete and class jokester, according to prosecutors. He died when 20 rounds from an AK-47 and a dozen rounds from a 9mm handgun were fired at his Houston area home. Jones was sleeping in the home when he was shot to death.
Investigators speculated the drive-by shooting was in retaliation for an earlier drive-by shooting.
Reyes was a rapper who performed un the name “East Side Sonnie” and had several arrests since 2017, according to prosecutors. He was charged with murder in connection to the child’s death. He has had his bond revoked at least twice while awaiting trial.
“Gun violence is a blight on our community, and it is never more tragic than when an innocent child is gunned down in the safety of his own bed,” District Attorney Kim Ogg said in announcing the sentence. “This was not an accident, not a random terrible mishap; this child’s death was the inevitable and terrifying result of spraying a residence with bullets.”
Assistant District Attorney Sepi Zimmer said the sentence was right because Reyes had to face the consequences for killing a child.
“This family had just moved in, was completely innocent and did not know this house had been shot up before because of who lived there before,” Zimmer said. “It’s just so heartbreaking and devastating to this family because they didn’t do anything wrong, and meanwhile Sonnie Reyes has never shown any remorse.”
A second alleged shooter, Cameron Moore, was also charged with murder and awaits trial.