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When you’re a black kid in the hood, there’s no such thing as a stand your ground law to protect you. Unfortunately, for too many of these kids, it’s kill or be killed, since many of the bullies you confront at school are armed with the kinds of assault weapons that would put the Colorado shooter to shame.
What do you do when you are confronted with a situation where you may be shot and killed, and no one has helped you? Some think that this might describe the experience of Malcolm Jackson. Malcolm shot another teen, that’s for sure. But he claims that he was trying to avoid conflict and that the other guy came up on him. Was it clear homicide or self-defense? It appears that the jury already made that decision, sending him to prison for 25 years, even though he has no prior criminal record and is only 16 years old.
BlackBlueDog.com tells more:
On Tuesday, Malcolm Maghundi Jackson was sentenced to 306 months in prison. The teenager was convicted in connection with the June 19 shooting of Trequan Sykes, in Hennepin County Court, Minneapolis. Jackson entered a plea for second-degree intentional murder on June 25.
In court, Jackson shared that he had been on his way home from school when the shooting took place. In an effort to avoid conflict with a group of people he knew, Jackson took a different route home. One of the people he was avoiding was the late Sykes’ brother but even while trying to avoid them, he ran into Sykes in an alley.
Jackson shared that he and Sykes exchanged words and then he shot Sykes. Sykes died from the gun shots, which were both on his back.