A Miami teen convicted of murder is headed to prison for 30 years — for killing a man he suspected stole his mother’s AK-47.
A judge has handed down the sentence for Nathan Curry, 17, for the killing of Lonnie Reese, 24, who was gunned down in broad daylight on a street in Brownsville in September 2014.
Prosecutors said Curry and his brother, Benjamin Curry, 18, followed Reese as he walked away from a store because they believed he had stolen the weapon from their mother’s car.
At trial in October, a witness testified that Curry spurred his brother, Benjamin Curry, to open fire, killing Reese. He was also identified running from the scene along with his brother.
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At the time of the shooting, Nathan Curry was just 15, his brother 16.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Miguel de la O sentenced Nathan Curry last week. He was convicted of second-degree murder; under Florida law, he can be held responsible for the killing, even though he did not pull the trigger.
He plans to challenge the verdict. “I think we’ve got a pretty good shot at winning on appeal,” said his defense attorney, Edward O’Donnell.
Benjamin Curry is still awaiting trial for first-degree murder. Their brother, Christopher Curry, 19, is also in jail, awaiting trial for murder in an unrelated shooting.