Crime & Courts

Defendant sentenced to two life terms in 2013 murders

A Wichita man convicted of taking part in the city’s first two homicides of 2013 was sentenced Friday to two life terms plus 228 years in prison.

Shawn Brown, 21, was convicted by a jury in January of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Shawn Rhone and Adji Tampone, who were both shot to death in drug-related crimes during the first week of the year. He was also convicted of aggravated robbery, attempted aggravated robbery and criminal discharge of a firearm.

Brown is one of three brothers convicted in the crimes.

During Brown’s trial, prosecutors said Rhone, 42, was shot during an attempted robbery on Jan. 2, 2013, after being lured to a vacant house in the 1700 block of Northeast Parkway to sell marijuana.

They said Tampone, 29, was found shot to death in his home in the 700 block of South Rutan on Jan. 3, 2013. Police said Tampone was killed because he owed Brown $1,000 for crack cocaine that Tampone had taken from him.

One of the brothers, Jerone Brown, 20, was convicted in January of two counts of first-degree murder in the killings and will be sentenced in April.

Milo Brown, 22, was sentenced in January to life in prison for his role in Rhone’s murder. Milo Brown was not charged with taking part in Tampone’s killing.

Police said Shawn Brown drove to the scene of the Rhone killing in a 2003 Cadillac DeVille that was taken from Tampone’s home after he was killed.