SOUTH BEND — A man has been sentenced to four years in prison for his involvement in a January double homicide on Adams Street.
Rakeem White, 20, pleaded guilty in June to assisting a criminal, a Class C felony, for providing false information in the shootings of Jazmin Conlee and Alejandro Tinoco, both 19, on Jan. 25.
Tinoco died Jan. 31, while Conlee passed Feb. 9 from their injuries.
The sentencing range for a Class C felony is between 2 and 8 years, with 4 years being the advisory sentence.
Prosecutors charged Charles Moore, 26, of South Bend, with robbery, murder, felony murder, and attempted murder, and Jermon Gavin, 21, also of South Bend, with robbery and felony murder. They have pending trial dates of October 15, 2012 and December 10, 2012, respectively.
Moore is the alleged shooter, while Gavin is alleged to have provided the weapon and driven Moore to and from the scene in the 1100 block of North Adams Street, where the victims were staying.
Prosecutors allege Moore, Gavin, White and a fourth passenger were all in the car. The fourth passenger later identified White as one of the passengers, authorities say.
White reportedly admitted to authorities he was in the car with Gavin, his cousin, and two men he didn’t know.
White told police the car stopped in front of the victims’ house on Adams, and Moore — whom he later identified in a photo — and another man got out. A short time later, Moore came back to the car and produced a “significant amount of marijuana,” according to a probable cause affidavit.
White reportedly admitted he took the marijuana and went with Gavin to a home, but denied using a computer to search the Internet for references to a shooting. He told police he didn’t know anything about a robbery or shooting.
But according to a witness at the home they arrived at after the shooting, White began monitoring Web sites for local media reports regarding the shooting , talking about whether “he was dead yet,” prosecutors allege.
White’s bond was set at $100,000 because he has a prior conviction for carrying a deadly weapon.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times