Crime & Courts

November 1, 2012

Reginald Dupree draws maximum sentence for shooting death in Oaklawn

A Wichita man who was convicted of first-degree murder and six other felonies for his role in the Dec. 14 shooting death of 19-year-old Markez Phillips was sentenced Thursday to life plus more than 10 years in prison.

A Wichita man who was convicted of first-degree murder and six other felonies for his role in the Dec. 14 shooting death of 19-year-old Markez Phillips was sentenced Thursday to life plus more than 10 years in prison.

The sentence means that Reginald Dupree, who was 19 at the time of his arrest, must serve 20 years on the murder charge before he can start serving a 10-year, 2-month sentence for the remaining charges. A jury in September convicted him of murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and two counts of endangering a child.

Prosecutors said Dupree was one of two men who forced their way into an Oaklawn home and left with three big-screen TVs after finding no money. One of the intruders shot Phillips, who had been visiting his girlfriend. Investigators said two children, ages 5 months and 3 years, were in the home during at least part of the robbery.

Defense lawyer John Sullivan asked that the sentences run concurrently, noting that Dupree had no prior criminal record.

Prosecutor Trinity Muth asked that the sentences run consecutively, arguing that concurrent sentences would mean that Dupree would go unpunished for all the crimes not involving Phillips’ death.

District Judge Joseph Bribiesca then imposed the maximum sentence on all charges and ordered that they run consecutively.

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