Lexington Man Sentenced For Best Friend's Murder

A Lexington man accused of killing his best friend will spend the next five years in prison.

A judge today sentenced Donovan Brown for the 2006 shooting death of Darrin Bates. Police say Brown pointed a gun at Bates and pulled the trigger on purpose.

Brown claims it was an accident and his family had hoped the court would see it the same way. Bates' mother refused to talk about the sentencing.

The judge said the court saw the shooting as a senseless crime rather than an accident.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2007 at 08:04 AM
    Before anyone start making judges. Donovan and Darrin wasnt JUST best friends.. they were cousins.... and for Donovan to INTENTIONALLY shoot Darrin , thats ridiculous. Just a few kids playing with something they wern't supposed to.. 5 years is MORE than enough time for Donovan to be in there.... I'm praying for you Donovan. I spend every chance I can with Juanie and Darius. It's almost been a full year since Darrin has been gone, and we're all still hurt so bad. We miss you Darrin.
  • by p Location: lexington on Sep 24, 2007 at 07:00 AM
    I believe that this was truely an accident. I know both boys in this case and they were not only bestfriends but they were family. This was not an intentional act, everyone is quick to judge but don't even know the whole story. I think 5 years is more than enough time for Donovan to learn his lesson. He not only has to deal with the fact that he is to spend 5 years in jail but he has to deal with the fact that no matter how much time he spends in jail it will not bring Darrin back. Maybe that is why you people are not in the judicial system. Quit judging others and let god take care of it.
  • by Suzie Location: Pikeville on Sep 21, 2007 at 09:43 AM
    If it was a senseless crime rather than an accident, why only 5 yrs for the life of another human being??
  • by Steve Location: KY. on Sep 21, 2007 at 09:38 AM
    Five years for murder?? Is there no justice in Kentucky?? The judge should get 20 years, at least, for handing down that sentence!!
  • by Grim Reaper Location: Lurking on Sep 21, 2007 at 08:27 AM
    Senseless, maybe Al & Jesse can bus on up this way with all of the Jena6 supporters and make a public spectacle, I mean appearance, for some real Justice in this case. 5 years for murder? Tsk,tsk,tsk.....
  • by carolyn m adamson Location: sacramento ca on Sep 20, 2007 at 06:13 PM
    enjoyed very much. was sent to me by best friend in lexington. i was born & raised in lexington and hope to get back there again.this was so great to hear and watch the video about latest news there. everyone there take care and stay safe. it's been around twenty years since i was "home" but really miss the beautiful state. maybe my friend lonell cottrell will do this again for me. thanks very much. carolyn adamson sacramento ca
  • by homer Location: martin ky on Sep 20, 2007 at 04:24 PM
    he should have got 20 years at least

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