Deandrew Lee Jennings Walker-Webster II was sentenced to three years with two suspended.
A mother pleaded with the judge for a harsher sentence for her son’s killer in an Anchorage courtroom Tuesday. Nineteen-year-old Deandrew Lee Jennings Walker-Webster II’s sentencing hearing was continued to an afternoon hearing Wednesday.
Walker-Webster pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in February. He shot and killed 17-year-old Xeryus Tate, known to friends and family as “Iggy.”
According to the documents, on July 31, 2016, Walker-Webster was playing with a gun in the backseat, when it went off, shooting Tate, who got out of the car and collapsed in the street near 4th Avenue and Newell Street.
Tate’s father, mother, and others spoke to Judge Michael Wolverton, asking for more than the one-to-three-year sentence agreed to in Walker-Webster’s plea agreement.
Tate’s mother Aleaka Tate brought to the courtroom a graduation cap that she says he would have worn this year. “I will never be able to see my son graduate. I will never have grandchildren. Everything has been robbed from me,” she told Wolverton.
Tate showed a video that included statements from other mothers of homicide victims, about the pain of losing their sons.
“I’m just begging and pleading with you. Please make an example, please. This man needs to be sentenced for more than 3 years,” she told the judge in the courtroom.
Prosecutor Heather Nobrega told Wolverton that Walker-Webster’s initial dishonesty with police should factor into the decision.
“APD was led on a wild goose chase by the defendant,” Nobrega said. “While eventually, he has admitted to his involvement, he did post the Facebook video, he did turn himself into APD after the warrant for his arrest was issued, initially, he was not forthcoming with police and things could have been really different had that happened.”
Walker-Webster was one of two occupants of the car that stayed at the scene, and the only one who gave police a statement that night.
The sentencing hearing will continue at 3:30 Wednesday afternoon. More impact statements will be read, probation conditions discussed, and Walker-Webster will have the opportunity to address the judge.
Wolverton is expected to make a decision on Walker-Webster’s sentence at the afternoon hearing.