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Kudos to Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorneys Beth Silverman and Eric Harmon with the Major Crimes Division who successfully prosecuted the case...
LOS ANGELES –
An ex-felon was sentenced to death today for the 2003 rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl, whose bound and burned body was discovered in an alley, the District Attorney’s Office announced. Latece Megale Brown also was sentenced to 205 years to life in prison, plus two additional life sentences in connection with the other charges. A jury convicted Brown on April 11 of 17 felony counts, including the first-degree murder of Jacquies Williams and the kidnapping, rape and sodomy of five other victims, who ranged in age from 14 to 25 years old. During the hearing, Superior Court Judge Bob S. Bowers described the Williams killing as “cold and vicious,” noting that Brown, who weighed 450 pounds at the time of the killing, asphyxiated the victim by sitting on her. Brown later set fire to her body in an attempt to destroy evidence. Deputy District Attorneys Beth Silverman and Eric Harmon with the Major Crimes Division prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Williams, who lived in Las Vegas, was visiting her father in Los Angeles when her body was discovered in an alley on 151 W. 121st Street on Oct. 24, 2003. She had been raped, then tied and bound. Her body was wrapped in a comforter, doused with gasoline and set on fire. Prosecutors presented evidence that Brown, a documented gang member, preyed on vulnerable young women, tied and bound many of them before sexually assaulting them in 2002 and 2003. He was charged with the murder of Williams and 21-year-old Aisha High. Jurors convicted Brown of raping and sodomizing High, but they deadlocked on the murder charge.