A fight at a Wisconsin club ended with three dead and three more wounded. Now, the shooter who admitted things “popped off” will head to prison.
Recently, a judge in Wisconsin sentenced Rakayo Vinson to three consecutive life sentences plus an additional three 25-year sentences for the 2021 incident. He was convicted in January of three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and three counts of first-degree attempted homicide.
Cedric Gaston, Atkeem Stevenson and Kevin Donaldson were killed in the shooting, according to Fox 6.
A fight at the Somers House Tavern in Kenosha, Wisconsin, ended with Vinson shooting a gun off as he left on April 18, 2021, according to the report. Surveillance video showed Donaldson outside the tavern exchanging gunfire with the suspect.
Three people were also wounded in the shooting.
Vinson told police that he was in a fight at the tavern, according to Fox 6. He said he had a gun and things “popped off.’”
But he said he blacked out as “s*** went down,” he told police. Vinson told the detectives they would never find the gun.
“The pattern of his decisions throughout this night are to be as aggressive as possible, to have every slight be a fight or combat and every combat to be escalated by the defendant,” Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley told a jury, according to Kenosha News. “My simple recitation to you is this defendant, every glimpse we get, is trying to make a fight happen, promoting a fight, getting into a fight, and in any case that he loses a fight, then it’s all about revenge in every moment after.”
The prosecution dismissed Vinson’s claim that he fired in self-defense because he was concerned about his cousin’s safety.
“It’s revenge, it’s aggression, it’s anger. It’s a man with a gun making decisions and trying to cause death and very violent injury,” Graveley said during the trial, the Kenosha News reported. “Every witness you heard from, except the defendant, said the defendant is the one who is yelling aggressively, who sounds mad.”
During a sentencing hearing, several members of the victims’ families spoke. They hoped that Vinson would rot in prison.
"I know he will never ever be able to walk among the living out here," Mary Davis, Donaldson's grandmother said and reported by Fox 6. "He’s going to get what he deserves and more. It’s over now. It’s in God’s hands."
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