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Final of five defendants in deadly Oaklawn robbery sentenced for murder

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 7:01 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, May 30, 2014, at 6:59 a.m.

The last of five defendants sentenced for murder in a deadly robbery in the Oaklawn area in 2011 received more than 11 years in prison Thursday.

Francis N. Dupree, 26, was given 140 months for his role in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Markez Phillips, said Dan Dillon, spokesman for the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office. Wichita police have said Phillips was visiting his girlfriend when five men forced their way into a home in the 3000 block of East Locust, near 47th Street South and K-15, on Dec. 14, 2011.

The robbers shot Phillips, then left with three big-screen TVs, a DVD player and a cellphone, court records show, after finding no cash. Phillips died about two hours later at a Wichita hospital.

Dupree pleaded guilty last month to a reduced charge of second-degree murder and robbery. Five other charges were dismissed in the plea deal. He originally had been charged with first-degree felony murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, kidnapping and two counts of aggravated endangering a child.

Sedgwick County District Court Judge Christopher Magana imposed his sentence Thursday morning.

Of the other defendants charged in the case, Nicholas Dupree, 30, Reginald Dupree, 21, and Malek Brown, 23, all were convicted of first-degree murder. They each were sentenced to life in prison.

Daniel Dupree, 24, was given 15 1/2 years after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

Prosecutors have said Brown fired the fatal shot. The Duprees are cousins.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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