A Tyler man convicted on murder charges earlier this month for his role in the gang shooting that claimed the life of a 20-year-old woman at a local park was sentenced to life in prison during a hearing Thursday morning.
Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham said Dennis Bendy, 20, received a life sentence Thursday morning in the death of Brianna Young on July 30, 2013, at P.T. Cole Park.
Bingham said he was satisfied with the sentence imposed by State District Judge Jack Skeen Jr.
During the trial earlier this month, co-defendant and fellow Westside Rolling 60s Crips gang member Rakheem “Boobie” Goldstein testified that Bendy drove up on one side of the park and began firing, and fellow gang member Elisha Williams crossed the park firing at a rival gang member.
During the crossfire, Ms. Young ran to her young son to protect him from the flying bullets. She was struck in the chest and died holding her son in her arms.
Testimony in Bendy’s trial showed it was a bullet fired from the gun Williams was shooting and not Bendy that hit Ms. Young, but Bingham said Bendy was firing blindly into a crowded park with no regard for human life.
Williams and Goldstein await their trials.