El Patron shooter sentenced

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
November 29, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Isaiah Robinson was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday for a deadly shooting at El Patron restaurant in December 2015.

Robinson was found guilty of manslaughter last month in the death of 24-year-old Ira Brown.

"On December 9, 2015 my life stopped. I have been shocked to the core of my being," Brown's mother, Debra Bryant, wrote in a letter to the judge. "The emotional harm it has done to us as a family is devastating and inconsolable. We as a family have been giving a life sentence."

The judge sentenced Robinson to the maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.


Alicia Turner | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 19, 2017

TALLAHASSEE Fla., (WCTV) -- Emotions were high Thursday afternoon. It was the second time the families of Isaiah Robinson and Ira “Rico” Brown, had to wait hours for a verdict.

Robinson went on trial earlier this year and it ended with a hung jury.

Now, a very different outcome.

Isaiah Robinson was led into the courtroom Thursday to hear the jury's decision in his murder retrial.

"We, the jury, find the defendant as follows; guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter," the judge read.

“I just thank God for what he has done in that court room today. I have peace, me and my family. You just don't know," said Debra Bryant, Brown’s mothers.

Ira brown was shot dead in December, 2015 at El Patron. Witnesses say a fight broke out inside, leading to gunshots. A huge crowd scattered from the building, Brown's body was left behind on the dance floor.

"It's been so devastating. My heart bleeds for my son," Bryant said.

Bryant explained that despite the verdict, she knows it won't bring back her son; a thought that still haunts this family.

"It really hurts. It hurts to lose him. I rather see me go than to see my son go. It really hurts,” said Ira Lincoln Brown, the victim’s father.

Brown's parents say they still remember their last moments with him, memories that will never fade.

“It's been rough. I can see my son right now. The last day I was with him, the whole day, me and my daughter. It was a beautiful day, we were having a good time. I could see his momma riding by right now saying look at those twins,” Brown said as he reminisced.

The Brown family had to sit through two trials. Twice hearing how their son died, but the family said they’re grateful for the second chance at justice.

"To the people out there that have lost family members, that haven't gotten any justice, keep on pushing for it. Never give up, keep on pushing for justice,” said Bryant.

Robinson's sentencing is set for November. He could face up to 30 years in prison.


By: Alicia Turner | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 19, 2017
6:30 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A jury has found Isaiah Robinson guilty of manslaughter.

Robinson, 26, was on trial for opening fire inside of the El Patron restaurant in December 2015, killing 24-year-old Ira Brown.

The jury deliberated for nearly six hours before reaching its verdict.

Prosecutors were pushing for a second degree murder conviction, but jurors agreed on a lesser charge of manslaughter.

Sentencing is set for November 29.


By: Amy Robinson | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 19, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A jury is now deliberating in the murder trial of Isaiah Robinson.

Robinson, 26, is accused of opening fire inside of the El Patron restaurant in Tallahassee in December 2015, killing 24-year-old Ira Brown.

We will let you know when a verdict is reached.


By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 17, 2017 - 11:30 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Witnesses are describing the chaos inside El Patron restaurant the night in December 2015 that a fight there spiraled into a deadly shooting.

Ira Brown was shot and killed inside the restaurant. Isaiah Robinson is accused of firing the fatal shot.

Patrons described a "scuffle" that turned into a large fight and say security officers were trying to break it up.

One woman said she heard someone say "He's got a gun" and then heard two gunshots. She said she started to run toward the door and saw a man lying on the floor, not moving. She testified that when she got outside she realized someone was shooting outside too and everyone ran back inside the restaurant.

Another woman testified that she heard "a lot" of gunshots and she and her roommate were able to duck down and make it into the women's restroom. She described hiding in there with a lot of other people.

Former Tallahassee Police Officer Jason Ravenell was working off duty security outside the restaurant that night. He is on the stand now, saying he heard "a pop" and then flinched as he realized it was gunfire.

Ravenell testified that he then heard 10 or more shots ring out and those shots, he said, sounded like they came from a rifle.

Ravenell says he retrieved a rifle from his patrol car. He says he then heard more gunfire and noticed a man with a handgun firing at two people on the ground.

He said the man did not follow his repeated commands to stop and drop the gun so he shot him. Ravenell says the man fell behind a car and when he rounded the car the man still had a gun in his hand so he shot him again.

That man, Dimitri Penny, died. Prosecutors claim he was trying to avenge the death of his friend Ira Brown by shooting at friends of accused triggerman Isaiah Robinson.

They are now playing dash cam video from Ravenell's patrol car on the big screen in court.






By: WCTV Eyewitness News
March 10, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The trial of the accused El Patron shooter Isaiah Robinson has been declared a mistrial.

After five hours of deliberation the jury could not come to a decision.

Robinson was accused of shooting a man at a party at El Patron Mexican Grille on December 9, 2015 and leaving him for dead in the middle of the floor.


By: Lanetra Bennett
March 8, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Isaiah Robinson is now standing trial in Leon County. He is accused of shooting a man at a party and leaving him dead in the middle of the floor.

The party was at El Patron Mexican Grille and Cantina on Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee on December 9, 2015.

It was described as a night of chaos.

Tallahassee Police dashcam video captured the wave of people running out of the restaurant when the first shot was fired.

On the first day of trial Wednesday, witnesses testified it all started with an argument between a group of people inside of the restaurant. They said it quickly turned into a physical fight.

Arnold "AJ" Williams, Robinson's friend, said, "That's when the gunshot was in the club. I was trying to get out. I was in fear for my life at that point."

That shot killed 24-year-old Ira Brown.

The prosecutor, Anna Norris, says Robinson pulled the trigger. She says he did it because his younger brother, Isaac Hampton, was involved in the argument.

"He is aiming the gun. He is yelling, hey, that's my brother! Then, boom. Shots. His friend, Ira Brown immediately falls to the ground." Norris told jurors.

Norris says two men went outside to grab their guns in retaliation. One had a Smith and Wesson and the other had a rifle. Norris said one of the men, Dimitre Penny, went after Brown's friends, and shot three of them.

Robinson's friend, Jaurice Hayes said, "Before I could react, I just seen someone aiming the gun. By the time I looked, I turned this way and I actually got shot on the left side of my body."

Dionne Hardnett, Hayes' girlfriend at the time, said, "I felt something hit me in my chest, and I fell."

"He was shooting at you?" Norris asked Williams on the stand. "Yes." He said. Williams was shot in his knee cap.

A police officer shot and killed Penny in the parking lot.

Robinson was arrested several days later, December 15th, in South Florida.

Defense Attorney Darren Shippy said to the jury, "First of all, you have to decide was there a crime that was committed. Then secondly, you're going to have to decide who shot Mr. Brown."

Shippy urges jurors to consider all possible circumstances, including accidental death.

The trial is expected to last through the end of the week.


By: Lanetra Bennett
March 8, 2017

12:49 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Arnold Williams, known as AJ, testifies he went to high school with Robinson. He went to the party that night with Robinson's brother, Isaac. He says he and Isaac were standing near Hayes and Hardnett when they got shot outside. He said he didn't realize he'd been shot, too, until the next day. He didn't know who the shooter was. He said all he remembers is it was a man with a white shirt on. He said he felt the shooter intentionally aimed in their direction.

12:15 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Dionne Hardnett is the then girlfriend of Jaurice Hayes. She testified that Hayes and another friend tried to hold Robinson back from fighting inside of the restaurant. Hayes testified before her that he didn't see Robinson during the argument and fight.
She said she and Hayes left after hearing the gunshots. While outside, someone shot her and Hayes. She was shot in her upper body near her arm.

11:45 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Jaurice Hayes, a friend of Robinson, is testifying. He says he hung out with Robinson at the party. He said two of their friends were arguing with others. He tried to diffuse the situation but fight turned physical.

He said he doesn't know where Isaiah was when the gunshot was fired. He and his girlfriend left. While outside, he heard more gunshots. He said he turned to look for Robinson but said someone else came up and shot him and his girlfriend. He was shot in his left hip. He said he didn't see who it was.

11:03 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- One witness testifies being at the party with her roommate. She described seeing two men fighting, then the fight getting bigger. She said she and her roommate ran for cover after the gunshot. She said they hid in a crowded bathroom.

10:42 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Opening statements began around 9:20 a.m. Wednesday in the trial of Isaiah Robinson. Robinson is accused of shooting death of Ira Brown.

The prosecutor said Robinson shot and killed Brown in December 2015 during a party at El Patron Restaurant. She said there were three guns recovered: two from Brown's friends who grabbed the guns in retaliation of his death, and one from a police officer who shot and killed one of those friends with a gun. The prosecutor said the shot that killed Brown did not come from any of those three guns. She said it was Robinson who shot Brown. The murder weapon has not been found.

The defense said in opening statements that evidence will not show Robinson committed a crime.

The state called the first witness to the stand. Adam Shingles is testifying that he was working as security the night of the shooting. He described the huge fight that occurred before the shooting. He said 12 to 15 guys were involved in the brawl. He said he didn't realize a shot had been fired until he heard someone scream there was a shooting.

The state's second witness has been called. Arlando Williams is the other sub-contracted security guard working the night of the shooting. He says within a minute of trying to break up the fight, he heard a gunshot. People starting running. He said he saw Brown on the floor, tried to assist, but noticed he was dead. He said soon after, he heard gunshots outside. That's when crowds of people ran back inside the restaurant.

32 year old Dimitre Penny was also killed in the shooting.



 
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