The family of a murdered hip-hop producer reacts to his killer's 140-year prison sentence.
The convicted killer of music producer Raymond "Scotty Beats" Brown was sentenced to 140 years in prison Tuesday, NBC Washington's Pat Collins reported.
Jamaal Alexis, 24, of Landover, Md., was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of Brown and other charges related to the murders of Bobby Ennels and Anthony Cash and the attempted murder of Frances Lammonse, authorities said.
On Oct. 13, 2006, Brown was shot and killed trying to prevent the theft of his vehicle, which was being towed away so the thieves could take Brown's rims, authorities said. Almost two years later, Jamaal Alexis's brother, Rashaad Alexis, at the behest of Jamaal Alexis, allegedly killed a witness in the Brown murder case.
"It broke me. There would be months at a time when I wouldn't even come out of the house," Raymond Brown's widow, Danielle Brown, said about his death. "I would sleep all weekend. I would cry. I would wake up, have nightmares. It was unbelievable to me that somebody would take a life over a set of wheels and not give a second thought to it."
Because of the other crimes connected to Brown's death, Circuit Court Judge C. Philip Nichols Jr. went beyond the state sentencing guidelines for a term of 20 to 25 years, The Washington Post reported.
"In your wake, three men are dead," Nichols told Alexis as he announced his sentence. "Some things in life can't be fixed or forgiven."
For the first time in Prince George's County, prosecutors were allowed to take advantage of Maryland's Witness Intimidation Law, which passed in 2005. Ennels's grand jury testimony was permitted in the murder trial.
Ennels had pleaded to lesser charges in connection to Brown's death and was cooperating with authorities.
Rashaad Alexis is charged with double murder and attempted murder. He is scheduled to go on trial in March.
Jamaal Alexis is eligible for parole in 70 years.