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Man will spend 22 years behind bars in murder of Richmond 9-year-old

Posted at 4:49 PM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 18:04:52-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- One of the men found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Markiya Dickson, a third-grader fatally shot in Richmond in May of 2019, will spend the next 22 years behind bars.

Quinshawn Betts, 19, was sentenced on Thursday to 68 years in prison with 46 years suspended.

Betts was found guilty in March of second-degree murder, malicious wounding, and firearm charges in the death of Dickson and wounding of Jaquez Evans-Moses.

The children were struck while attending an annual community gathering in May 2019.

Betts' attorney argued he was defending himself and his brother after a gunman opened fire on them first.

22-year-old Jermaine Davis and 20-year-old Jesus Turner were also arrested and charged with murder, two counts of malicious wounding, and three counts of the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.