On August 24, 2018, the Honorable John T. Kelley, J.S.C. sentenced Tyhan Brown in connection with the homicide of Gabrielle Hill-Carter.  Judge Kelley imposed an aggregate 51 year sentence subject to a 40-year, 10 month, 24 day bar on parole eligibility. On June 21, 2018, Brown was convicted by a jury of conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, aggravated manslaughter, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a firearm.  Miss Hill-Carter was the unintended victim of a gang related shooting.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Kelley heard victim impact statements from Miss Hill-Carter’s tearful family.  Maressa Hill-Phillips stood with her family as her husband read a statement she had prepared.  She expressed the overwhelming sadness she and her family suffer every day without Gabby in their lives and noted she misses Gabby’s laugh the most.  Will Phillips then addressed the court and reminded Judge Kelley that it was the second anniversary of the shooting.  Mr. Phillips told the court the loss of Gabby breaks his heart every day and asked Judge Kelley to impose the maximum sentence possible.

Brown was sentenced to a 28 year term for the aggravated manslaughter of Miss Hill-Carter that must be served consecutively to a 16 year term imposed for the attempted murder of Amir Dixon.  Both sentences are subject to the No Early Release Act, which mandates that Brown serve 85% of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole.  Brown was sentenced to a third consecutive sentence for possessing a handgun without a permit.  Judge Kelley imposed a 7 year sentence subject to a mandatory 42 month bar on parole eligibility pursuant to the Graves Act.  The remaining two counts, conspiracy to commit murder and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, were merged with the attempted murder count.

Released Friday, August 24, 2018