Anthony Graves to be Sentenced Monday
COLUMBIA - Twenty-year-old Anthony Graves will return to the Boone County Courthouse Monday for his sentencing hearing.
Graves was found guilty of second-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon last month.
The conviction stems from the murder of 17-year-old Douglass High School junior Deaudre Johnson who was shot in the chest and killed in an altercation outside Douglass Park in March 2012. Graves said he fired his gun in self-defense after seeing someone else pull out a gun. He also said Johnson was not the intended target.
Circuit Court judge Kevin Crane will be in charge of sentencing Graves Monday. The jury recommended the judge sentence Graves to 30 years for second degree murder, 20 years for armed criminal action, and 15 years for unlawful use of a weapon. Crane will also decide if Graves should serve his sentences at the same time or consecutively.
The sentencing hearing is set for 2 p.m. Monday at the Boone County Courthouse.