Bendy gets life in young mom's shooting death

Published on Thursday, 28 August 2014 10:49 - Written by Kenneth Dean kdean@tylerpaper.com

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 has been sentenced to life in prison.

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.  

Bingham said he was very satisified with the sentence imposed by State District Judge Jack Skeen Jr.

During the trial earlier this month, co-defendant and fellow Westside Rollin 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.