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May 14, 2019: Pair Sentenced in Leimert Park Murder

Paul Eakins, Public Information Officer

Two men were sentenced today in the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old man in Leimert Park in 2015, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge William N. Sterling sentenced Tyree Davion Woods, 24, of Los Angeles to 50 years to life in state prison and Dondre Fitzgeral Williams, 25, of Palmdale to six years in state prison.

Both defendants entered no-contest pleas on May 9 in a negotiated plea agreement. Woods was convicted of one count of first-degree murder with an allegation that he personally used a firearm. Williams pleaded no contest to one count each of shooting at an occupied motor vehicle and assault by means of force likely to inflict great bodily injury.

Deputy District Attorney Craig Kleffman prosecuted case BA439175.

On July 20, 2015, the defendants followed Derron Jones and a woman in their car in the South Los Angeles neighborhood in an attempt to rob them. As Jones attempted to make a U-turn, Woods cut off the victim’s vehicle, got out of his car and opened fire.

Jones was struck by the gunfire and taken to a hospital where he died. The woman was uninjured.

Woods and Williams were arrested on Aug. 20, 2015, after a pursuit.

The Los Angeles Police Department’s South Bureau Homicide Division investigated the case.