Murder accomplice gets 21-year sentence
WINONA — The man accused of being an accomplice in a Winona murder a year ago has been sentenced to just more than 21 years in prison.
Reginald Alexander Burnett Jr., 19, pleaded guilty in July to aiding and abetting one count of second-degree intentional murder and two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
In exchange, additional aid and abet charges of first-degree intentional murder and first-degree aggravated robbery were dismissed, as was a third charge of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. All are felonies.
Burnett was sentenced Thursday in Winona County District Court to concurrent prison terms of 261 months, 39 months and 36 months, with credit for 354 days served. He was also ordered to pay fines and restitution in the amount of $2,685.
Lonnie Lavonte Keymone Hudson, 24, the alleged gunman, pleaded guilty earlier this month to second-degree murder with intent and two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, all felonies. In exchange for the plea, an additional count of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, as well as one count each of first-degree murder, first-degree aggravated robbery, and possession of a firearm are all expected to be dismissed at his Nov. 17 sentencing.
Court documents indicate he'll receive a sentence of 360 months in prison, per the plea agreement.
The woman who drove the men to and from the apartment where Adam Tylor Fort was killed has been sentenced to the time she already served and put on probation for five years.
Kayla Mae Clay, of Galesville, Wis., pleaded guilty Feb. 12 to one felony count of aiding an offender-accomplice after the fact. In exchange for the plea, three identical counts were dismissed.
As part of the plea, Clay agreed to testify against the other defendants.
Hudson and Burnett are accused of pushing their way into an apartment the afternoon of Oct. 18, 2015, after arranging to buy a quarter-pound of marijuana. Once inside, they pistol-whipped the man who had brought them there, then shot Fort, 31. He died at the scene.
Clay reportedly drove Hudson, Burnett and a third man, described as the middleman in the drug deal, to Fort's apartment. The man said he'd go in alone because Fort was nervous after being robbed a year earlier.
The suspects went with him, though, prompting a coded response when asked who was at the door. The man said he gave a "code not to open the door," but Fort's girlfriend did, anyway.
The middleman said Hudson pulled the gun as soon as they entered the apartment, so the man tried to "go at him." He apologized to Fort and his girlfriend, court documents say, then Hudson hit him with the gun and shot Fort. After firing that shot, Hudson held the gun to the girlfriend's head, pointed it at the middleman and continued to demand money and drugs.