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Alaysia Bennett, 19, Was Killed During A Botched Robbery

It’s known that at least one man has been tried and sentenced.

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Alaysia Bennett

The exact details of who was sitting inside of a vehicle with 19-year-old Alaysia Bennett when she was callously murdered are up for debate. Nevertheless, the fact remains that the teen’s life was unnecessarily cut short by three men who botched a robbery attempt. On December 21, 2016, it’s reported that Alaysia, two other adults, and a three-year-old child were all sitting in a car in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Springfield, Illinois when someone approached and opened fire.

Alaysia Bennett was the only person struck in the incident as multiple news outlets have reported that everyone else inside of the vehicle walked away physically unharmed. Some publications claim that the toddler in the car was Alaysia’s child, while others state that the three-year-old belonged to her sister.

“Alaysia Bennett was a completely innocent victim of senseless gun violence,” said Sangamon County State’s Attorney Dan Wright. A manhunt was quickly underway and eventually, authorities would arrest 25-year-old Devante Taylor, 26-year-old Roderick Gailes, and 30-year-old Demarco Jones (ages reflected from the date of incident). The trio faced multiple charges including counts of first-degree murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm, and armed robbery. Prosecutors stated that the men plotted to rob the vehicle Alaysia was in before everything went awry.

The outcome from at least one trial has been shared publicly, and that’s of Devante Taylor. He ended up pleading guilty to first-degree murder, but with the condition that he’s mentally ill. He was fingered to be the person that pulled the trigger and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. The conditions of Taylor’s plea deal stated that the Department of Corrections could, if necessary, transfer Taylor to the Depart of Human Services for occasional mental health evaluations. However, he would have to serve his full sentence in prison regardless of transfers or incarceration spent elsewhere because of his mental illness.

Demarco Jones and Roderick Gailes’s sentences have either not yet occurred or they haven’t been made public. Hopefully, justice was served.

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2010s

Donna Calloway: Police Refused To List Her As A Missing Person

The mother of eight vanished in 2018 but authorities wouldn’t allow her sister to file a report until a year later.

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Donna Calloway Missing

Ever since 39-year-old Donna Calloway went missing in June 2018 after last being seen leaving her home in Alabama, Kawonna Abner has been actively searching for her sister. Kawonna told reporters that she contacted police back in 2018 to let them know that no one had seen or heard from Donna, but she alleges that Montogomery, Alabama authorities wouldn’t allow her to file a report until August 2019. So, that became Donna’s official missing date listed in various agencies, but her loved ones know that just isn’t true. (more…)

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