Midwest City teen gets life sentence for stepbrother's death during robbery

Dewayne E. Kemp, 17, was convicted of first-degree murder in death of Marquis L. Patterson, who was shot and killed by homeowner during home invasion
by Tim Willert Modified: July 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm •  Published: July 12, 2012
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A judge sentenced a Midwest City teenager Wednesday to life in prison for a home invasion robbery that ended with a woman in the home shooting and killing his stepbrother.

Dewayne Edward Kemp, 17, was convicted last month of first-degree murder in the death of Marquis Lee Patterson.

Kemp and Patterson were both 15 when they were shot by a Midwest City mother after they broke into her home and attempted to steal a flat-screen television.

Patterson was killed, and Kemp was wounded.

Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong followed a jury's recommendation of life for the murder and 10 years for a first-degree robbery conviction, despite the objections of Kemp's attorneys and family members.

“I know he deserves to do time,” said Joyce Thomas, Kemp's mother. “But he didn't try to kill nobody. He sure didn't try to get his brother killed.”

Under Oklahoma's felony murder law, a person committing a felony can be charged with first-degree murder if an accomplice dies during the crime.

“I just don't understand the law,” Kemp's father, Charles, said after sentencing. “There's something wrong with it.”

Kemp's attorney, David Bedford, told the judge he intends to appeal the conviction and file a motion asking for a new trial.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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