Three teens have been charged in connection with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, party to a crime, in the shooting of a man who was trying to sell marijuana to them.
Jaisjuan T. Brown, 17, Montreill Lawhorn, 15, and Shannon Lawson, 18, were charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with armed robbery and attempted first-degree intentional homicide. Lawhorn and Lawson were also charged with possessing firearms.
If convicted of all charges, Brown faces up to 100 years in prison and/or fines up to $100,000. Lawhorn and Lawson face up to 100 years nine months in prison and/or fines up to $110,000.
According to the criminal complaint, Brown, Lawhorn, and Lawson tried to rob a man who was selling them marijuana and then shot the man in the leg.
The man told police the person who shot him had dreadlocks and Lawson has dreadlocks. Further, Lawhorn told police he took the marijuana but didn’t shoot the man. He got into the front seat of the man’s car, then took the bag without paying for it. The two both had a hold of the bag when the man told them they would have to shoot him to get it.
Brown and Lawson were trying to get into the car, but the door was locked. Lawhorn then got control of the bag of marijuana. While Lawson was getting out of the car, one of the teens reached into the car and shot the man in the leg with a .380 caliber handgun. The three then went to Lawson’s house and divided up the 1/4 ounce of marijuana.
“Lawhorn admitted it was his idea to order the marijuana and his idea to rob the dealer,” the complaint reads.
When officers executed a search warrant on Lawson’s home, they found a .380 handgun in his bedroom with a box of ammunition. Sixty-five rounds of .22 caliber bullets, a cell phone and marijuana bong were also found in the home.
Lawson admitted going to Jaisjuan Brown’s house on Mead Street and having the gun in his dresser. But he told them he was “holding it for someone,” the complaint reads.
A cash bond of $20,000 was set for all three teens. A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. March 21 in Racine County Felony Court.