Jurors give Dejuan Hammond 35 years following murder conviction

Jurors give Dejuan Hammond 35 years following murder conviction

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Dejuan Hammond was sentenced Friday afternoon to 35 years in prison.

Hammond was convicted Thursday night in connection with the 2009 shooting death of Troya Sheckles.[


Sheckles was supposed to be a key witness in the murder trial against Dejuan Hammond's brother, Lloyd Hammond, who was accused of killing her boyfriend. Sheckles had previously implicated Lloyd Hammond in his murder trial.

"We're pleased that Troya got justice and that the jury got it right," prosecutor Elizabeth Jones Brown said.

Dejuan Hammond was convicted of murder, intimidating a witness and being a felony offender, but jurors acquitted him of several lesser charges. The jury gave him 25 years for the murder conviction and five more for the intimidating charge, but that sentence doubled to 10 years for being a persistent offender.



Friday's sentencing recommendation was the culmination of Hammond's third trial in connection with this case. Mistrials and delays pushed the trial to August, but the judge then ruled to dismiss a jury pool because of problems with another witness, stalling it once again until last month. And it still might not be over.

"We'll be filing a motion for a new trial, so I think we'll probably identify some issues and appeal," defense attorney Annie O'Connell said.

Hammond will be eligible for parole in 20 years.

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A judge will be formally sentence him on Jan. 21.

Steven Pettway, 22, was convicted in May 2014 and is serving a 55-year sentence for the murder of Sheckles.

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