A Chicago man, Donnell Flora, 27, who is paralyzed from the waist down due to a 2010 shooting – was sentenced Monday to 100 years in prison for giving a gun to his niece who is accused of fatally shooting 14-year-old Endia Martin during a dispute over a boy, according to the Chicago Tribune. On April 28, 2014, Martin and her best friend Lanekia Reynolds, who is now 16, reportedly made arrangements via Facebook to fight another teen – who was also 14 – at a home in the 900 block of West Garfield Boulevard.
However, the best friends – who were sitting on the porch – were in for a shock when the shooting suspect, whose name is being withheld since she is not being charged as an adult, arrived at the home with a group of least 40 people.
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Sources say that when they noticed the teen had a.38 revolver in her hand, which was lent to her by her wheelchair-bound uncle who was also at the scene, they immediately ran into the house for help.
Although there were three adults inside of the home, only one of them came outside to stop the fight from occurring, but it was to no avail. In a shaky video, the shooting suspect was seen standing behind a utility pole where she reportedly began shooting at the two teens.
According to NY Times, Martin was struck from behind as she was trying to run in the house. She was able to make her way to the kitchen, but she “collapsed in a pool of blood”- the teen was later pronounced dead at the scene. However, her friend, Reynolds, survived the ordeal as she was only grazed by the bullet on her left bicep because she was standing in front of Martin at the time of the shooting.
After a police investigation, it was uncovered that her wheelchair-bound uncle gave her the gun that she supposedly used to fatally shoot Martin. In January of this year, Flora was found guilty of first-degree murder and just recently, he was sentenced to 100 years in prison – “65 years for Endia’s murder, plus 35 years for the attempted murder of the other girl.”
During Flora’s sentencing, Judge Thaddeus Wilson told him that “there is no excuse or rationalization for giving a child a gun to take to a ridiculous fight about a boy — none.”
“Children in this city are dying by the hundreds because adults fail and/or refuse to be adults and accept responsibility for their actions,” said the judge, who decried the “social media foolishness” that led to the slaying.
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Flora told the judge, with a bible in his hand, that he “want to say I’m sorry for what happened. It never was supposed to go the way it went.”
“I wish I could trade places with Endia, but I can’t. Due to the stupid action I’ve made, I’m going to suffer for the rest of my life.”
After court, the slain victim’s mother said, “Flora should’ve been trying to stop the violence and instead he continued the cycle. And now he cost a life — my daughter, she’s not here no more.”
“He brought a gun to a child’s fight,” Martin’s stepfather Kent Kennedy added. “These are just little girls… This is madness. He didn’t act like an uncle, he didn’t act like an adult.”
Flora’s attorney Joel Brodsky stated that Flora’s 100-year sentencing was a bit excessive as Flora “didn’t intend that anybody be killed or hurt.” Brodsky added that “his family has been impacted by gun crime” as well. “He was shot and paralyzed. His brother was shot and killed. Now a gun crime has put him in prison the rest of his life.”
Donnell Flora’s niece, who allegedly used the gun her uncle gave her to shoot 14-year-old Endia Martin to death, is currently “awaiting trial in Cook County Juvenile Court.”
[Image via Cook County Sheriff’s Office]