Thursday, August 18, 2011

Barnes Sentenced To 40 Years In Prison For Three Homicides

Anthony Edward Barnes Jr.

Barnes cooperated with state prosecutors against his accomplice in four homicides.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 18, 2011

Milwaukee - On Thursday, Anthony Edward Barnes Jr., 24, was sentenced to 40 years in prison and 10 years supervision for three counts of homicides. Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey A. Conen gave Barnes 50 years for each count, but would run concurrently. He was facing at least 35 years in a plea agreement with prosecutors. Barnes must also pay $6,216.50 in restitution, according to court records.
Barnes became a state witness and testified against Desmond Dejuan Laster, 22, in a murder trial. Barnes pleaded guilty to three homicides, including killing Brittney Robertson, 19, when he was ordered to do so by Laster.
Last June, his accomplice Laster was sentenced to four life sentences without parole including five years consecutive on each count as an enhancer for being an armed felon. He was found guilty on four counts of first-degree intentional homicide for the murders of Rachel Thompson, 23, her two young sons at the 900 block of S. 12th St. and Robertson on February 26, 2010. Laster will also serve 10 years in prison each for party to a crime and arson, which will be served concurrently with the previous four homicide counts.
After killing Thompson, Laster tied up both of Thompson's children with duct tape and then put plastic bags over their heads to suffocate them to death. Then he set fire to the upper apartment to cover up the homicides.

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