Teen convicted in shooting will spend at least 20 years in prison

Damien Davis was sentenced Friday for the December 2009 crime in a Walmart parking lot
Friday, September 24, 2010 | 2:38 p.m. CDT; updated 3:10 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 24, 2010

COLUMBIA — Sixteen-year-old Damien Davis was sentenced to 20 years in prison for first-degree assault, 20 for armed criminal action and 10 for attempted first-degree robbery Friday in the December shooting of a Walmart employee.

The victim, Ken Jacobs, was attacked by Damien Davis and Darrius Davis, who are unrelated, in the parking lot of the Walmart on Conley Avenue while on a break at about 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 14. Jacobs was shot five times by Damien Davis. He survived but now is unable to perform his regular work duties.

Circuit Judge Gene Hamilton pronounced the sentence Friday morning, after a jury convicted Damien Davis on Thursday. Hamilton did not rule whether the sentences would run consecutively or concurrently. Hamilton is retiring and said he would leave it to another judge to make that decision during a disposition hearing in October.

The jury deliberated for about an hour Friday regarding the sentence. 

Willie Davis, Damien Davis' father, said he wasn't surprised by the jury's recommendation.

“I expected that to happen. … You could tell the jury was doing exactly what the prosecutor told them to do,” he said.

Damien Davis was convicted largely on the testimony of Darrius Davis, who pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree robbery in the case and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Richard Hicks argued the jury should believe Darrius Davis because he has consistently told the same story and because Damien Davis behaved like a guilty man after the crime. He was hiding in his closet, for example, when police came to arrest him.

Defense attorney Michael Byrne, however, told the jury that Darrius Davis had changed his story about who owned the gun used in the crime. 

“When I looked into Darrius’ eyes, I saw evil, a level of nihilism … a level of complete disregard," Byrne said during sentencing arguments Friday. "In Damien's eyes, I don’t see that. I see a 16-year-old boy.”



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Ray Shapiro September 25, 2010 | 12:23 a.m.

("“When I looked into Darrius’ eyes, I saw evil, a level of nihilism … a level of complete disregard," Byrne said during sentencing arguments Friday.")

Missourian, can we get a photo of the eyes of Darrius?

To all the Damiens. An Omen.
Hang with those with the eyes of evil and levels of nihilism and you too will go down like a thug.
Considering who they were reported to target, I wonder why "Hate Crime" didn't enter into this prosecution, which could have resulted in a death and subsequent murder charge.
Let's wait and see if he gets off with concurrent or hammered with consecutive.
What does the Kronke family want?
The victim, his wife, his family?
Walmart after dark. Are they still open 24/7?
Is it safe?

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Ray Shapiro September 25, 2010 | 12:34 a.m.

How'd they get from MU to Walmart
Who was driving the car

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Paul Blount September 27, 2010 | 4:45 p.m.

You act like a Thug then you gonna end up in the Human Zoo, like this ol boy done did..............
Nuff Said

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