Fatal shooting over mother’s stolen AK-47 lands Miami teen in prison for 30 years

Nathan Curry
Nathan Curry Miami-Dade Corrections

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.

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.