Shakeim Malcolm Dorsey was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole Tuesday afternoon for the 2013 murder of Derickes Maurice Miles.
“In a case like this, there are no winners,” said Assistant District Attorney Chris Williams, summing up the emotion from both families impacted by the homicide.
Dorsey was convicted last week by a six-man, six-woman jury for the April 19, 2013, shooting in North Highland, not far from Fox Elementary School. Dorsey, 19 at the time of the homicide and 22 now, faced life in prison without the possibility of parole. He must serve 30 years of the life sentence before he is eligible for parole.
Dorsey was also convicted of aggravated assault and a weapons possession felony. Superior Court Senior Judge John Allen sentenced Dorsey to an additional five years in prison for the weapons charge. He will be in his mid-50s before he is eligible for parole.
Before the judge handed down the sentence, members of both families spoke to the court.
Miles’ mother, Charlie Miles, began to read a prepared statement to the court.
“I would like to express ,” she said before stopping, unable to continue.
Her eldest daughter, Monica Miles, finished reading the statement.
“I miss him,” Monica Miles read from her mother’s statement. “Every time he would come and visit, leaving he would always say, ‘I love you mom.’ And I knew he meant it.”
Allen listened closely as the Miles family took turns speaking.
“You are obviously a close family and I hope in your closeness you will draw strength,” Allen said.
Miles’ youngest sister, Tamiche Miles, asked the judge to impose the maximum sentence.
“I hope when y’all make your decision, you go the max with it,” she said. “ It is not our fault we lost our loved one.”
The prosecutor Williams asked the judge to sentence Dorsey to life with the possibility for parole. There were a number of reasons for asking for the lesser of the two options, Williams said.
“The court only had two options here,” he said. “We have taken everything into consideration. He was only 19 at the time and had no prior felony convictions on his record. Given the circumstances, we felt that this was the right thing to do.”
Dorsey was convicted after less than 90 minutes of deliberating. Defense Attorney Stacey Jackson and Dorsey both maintained the shooting was self-defense.
Dorsey and Miles knew each other because their girlfriends were cousins, according to testimony last week. Dorsey was living with Iesha Wiggins in apartment C on 3413 Sixth Ave., at the time of the shooting. Miles’ girlfriend was Delinda Wiggins, who was Iesha Wiggins’ first cousin.
Dorsey had been in a fight with David Wiggins, Iesha’s cousin and Delinda’s brother, about five minutes before the shooting.
David Wiggins left the apartment, according to testimony.
Dorsey claimed that David Wiggins, Miles and two other returned and one of the men had a gun and pulled it. Other testimony in the trial did not back that up.
Dorsey’s step-father, Jason Smith, and his mother, Anitra Dorsey, asked the court to show mercy.
Smith told the court he had spent six years in prison. He apologized to the Miles family and said the whole thing could — and should — have been avoided.
“He’s going to a place where there are monsters,” Smith said, “and he is no monster.”