A Jackson County judge has sentenced a 21-year-old Kansas City man to 50 years in prison for the April 2012 murder of Shalonda Jackson outside a convenience store.
A jury convicted DeQuan A. Hawkins in April of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the slaying of the 16-year-old.
According to witnesses and video surveillance, a man fired a black handgun once at Shalonda as she left the store at 3201 E. 51st St.
Witnesses later told police that she had been threatened by someone they knew as “Quan-Quan” on Facebook, according to court records. Police identified Hawkins from his social media profile and then found another witness who identified him as being at the store before the shooting.
A judge sentenced Hawkins Friday to 30 years on the murder conviction and 20 years for armed criminal action, the terms to be served consecutively.