DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Two men will spend between 33 and 60 years in prison for second-degree murder in the shooting death of a 24-year-old security guard as he tried to prevent a carjacking outside a Detroit pharmacy.
The Wayne County prosecutor’s office said Jeremy Jackson, 24, was sentenced to 33 to 60 years in prison for second degree murder, and 10 to 20 years for armed robbery consecutive to two years for a felony firearms charge.
Co-defendant, 20-year-old Jamare Rucker, received the same sentence; but he was also convicted on one count of carjacking.
They sentences were handed down in Wayne County Circuit Court Tuesday
A third defendant, 26-year-old Ronnie Anderson-Williams, faces an Oct. 1 jury trial on armed robbery, carjacking and weapons charges.
All three were charged in the murder last February of CVS security guard Courtney Meeks.
Police said a pharmacy customer alerted Meeks after seeing two men with guns ordering a woman and a 6-year-old child from a car in the store’s parking on Shaffer, south of 6 Mile Road in Detroit.
As the driver of the vehicle — another woman — was coming out of the store, she saw what was happening and ran back inside screaming for help. Police said that’s when Meeks, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, ran to help the women.
He was shot once in the neck when he approached the car, and died at a local hospital.
The incident was caught on security video.
Meeks, who had applied to become a Detroit police officer shortly before his death, was hailed a hero by Police Chief James Craig for his actions in this case.
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