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Saturday, 18 June 2011

convicted Jarvon Brown, a Pierson Hood gang member, for the drive-by shooting that killed a Flint boy nearly seven years ago.

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Genesee County jury has convicted Jarvon Brown, a Pierson Hood gang member, for the drive-by shooting that killed a Flint boy nearly seven years ago.

ABC12's Lori Dougovito was in court Friday when that verdict came down.

The case has been open almost as long as the little boy, Karibe Anderson Jr., had been alive.

It took nearly seven years for the case to get to trial, yet only one week in court and hours of jury deliberation to find Jarvon Brown guilty. He was convicted on all four counts, including first-degree murder for the shooting death of the 7-year-old.

The victim's father, Karibe Anderson Sr., testified at the trial and has been living with the death of his young son for years. He is relieved at the outcome. "Today, I feel good. I feel good .... Finally going to get some sleep and some rest. I think it's going to be OK."

During Brown's trial, prosecutors presented witnesses that weaved a series of incidents that, they say, led to Brown shooting up a home on West Baltimore in Flint, in the early morning of December 7 of 2004.

Investigators believe Brown was 'disrespected' and even shot at, while in a car on that street. In the fall of 2004, Brown was shot twice in three months. Investigators suggest he sought retaliation, but instead shot into the wrong home.

"We're pleased with the jury's decision .... I'm especially gratified for the family of the victim," Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said. "What's especially gratifying is that the jury understood. In cases like these, the witnesses are going to be people out on the streets. That's who sees these crimes. That's who has the information. We can't present boy scouts all the time, and the jury understood that. In this case, they understood that this (Brown) was the killer."

Brown will be sentenced to the mandatory life in prison, without parole, next month.

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