Saturday, 06 April 2019 12:48

Man Convicted in Fatal Downtown Shooting

April 6, 2019 – A 22-year-old man was convicted Saturday of first-degree murder and two other felonies for the 2016 drive-by shooting death of a teenage girl who was walking with a group of friends Downtown, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
A Criminal Court jury also convicted defendant Kwasi Corbin of one count of attempted first-degree murder for wounding another person and one count of employment of a firearm with intent to commit a dangerous felony.
Jurors deliberated just over an hour before reaching their verdicts.
He was automatically sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 18-year-old Myneishia Johnson. He will be sentenced in May by Judge Lee Coffee for the other felony convictions.
The shootings occurred at 12:30 a.m. on May 22, 2016, at Second Street just north of Peabody Place when Corbin pulled up to a stop light, lowered the driver’s side window and began shooting into the crowd with a rifle.
Johnson was killed, while a 19-year-old man was shot in the buttocks.
Corbin drove away at a high rate of speed, leading police on a chase down Union, then south on I-240 and then to I-55 near South Third where his car crashed and officers arrested him. He discarded the rifle during the chase, but police recovered it near the interstate ramp.
The case was handled by Chief Prosecutor Alanda Dwyer and Asst. Dist. Atty. Kevin McAlpin of the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit which seeks maximum sentencing for repeat felony offenders.