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QUESTION: What happened to the guys that killed Kobena Anaman in April 1996?
Submitted by: Gerri, Sacramento
ANSWER: A Sacramento County jury convicted Jacky Jay Brown of second-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Kobena Anaman.
According to a story in The Bee, Anaman was shot in front of an apartment at the Discovery Park Apartments in South Natomas in April 1996. Witnesses reported hearing shots and looking out their windows to see Brown putting a body into the trunk of a vehicle and driving away.
Police arrived at the apartment complex on West El Camino Avenue before Brown drove onto the street. After he was stopped in the parking lot, Brown ran off on foot, removing some of his clothes and discarding a handgun. Officers pursued him to a nearby canal, where he was arrested.
When police opened the car's trunk, they found Anaman inside, dead from a gunshot wound to the head. Brown, a 21-year-old parolee from the California Youth Authority, and Anaman lived in separate apartments at the complex and were acquainted.
According to Superior Court online records, Brown was sentenced to 10 years in state prison. An online roster of California prison inmates shows that he remains incarcerated at California State Prison, Los Angeles, in Lancaster.
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