20-year-old sen­tenced in do­mes­tic homi­cide

Tucker gets 50 years for killing mother of his child in Jan­uary of 2017

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Milwaukee Wisconsin - Bruce Viel­metti

A 20-year-old Mil­wau­kee man was sen­tenced Fri­day to 50 years in prison for killing the mother of his child and nearly killing her fa­ther af­ter break­ing into their home through a win­dow at 2 a.m.

Ha­keem Tucker was found guilty by a jury in Septem­ber of the lesser charge of first-de­gree reck­less homi­cide in the Jan­uary 2017 death of Stephanie Jones, 18, and of reck­less in­jury in the wound­ing of her fa­ther, Steve Jones, 55.

He had been charged with first-de­gree in­ten­tional homi­cide and at­tempted first-de­gree in­ten­tional homi­cide.

As­sis­tant District At­tor­ney Karl Hayes said Tucker re­quired the vir­tual life sen­tence be­cause he presents an ex­treme dan­ger to the com­mu­nity.

Hayes noted that Tucker had prior con­vic­tions and chances to change his be­hav­ior and had just got­ten out jail for an armed rob­bery when he shot his vic­tims.

De­fense at­tor­ney Ann Bowe sug­gested no more than 25 years was ap­pro­pri­ate be­cause, as dam­aged as he is, Tucker is still just 20 and would cer­tainly be a changed, less dan­ger­ous per­son at 45.

Mil­wau­kee County Cir­cuit Judge Joseph Wall ac­knowl­edged that child­hood trauma — of which Tucker en­dured plenty — plays a role in fu­ture vi­o­lence, but agreed that the na­ture of Tucker’s crimes re­quired a very long prison term.

Wall im­posed 35 years for the homi­cide, plus 15 for shoot­ing Steve Jones, and or­dered them served con­sec­u­tively. He added 20 years of ex­tended su­per­vi­sion should Tucker ever leave prison.

Two counts of be­ing a felon with a gun earned Tucker an ex­tra five years each, but Wall made those sen­tences con­cur­rent to the longer terms and to each other.

Tucker and Jones had been in a re­la­tion­ship since mid­dle school and had a 2-year-old daugh­ter who wit­nessed the shoot­ing and now lives with her great­grand­mother

Hayes noted that Tucker had been vi­o­lent and threat­en­ing to Jones and her fam­ily in the past and had told a fel­low in­mate that when he got out of jail he was go­ing to mur­der Stephanie.

“He came to ter­ror­ize and kill and that’s ex­actly what he did,” Hayes said.

Tucker strug­gled to make a co­her­ent state­ment at sen­tenc­ing. He said he was sorry, that he didn’t in­tend to kill Stephanie Jones that night, that he loved her and misses her and their daugh­ter.

About 2 a.m. Jan. 3, 2017, Tucker climbed through a win­dow of the home of Stephanie Jones’ par­ents in the 2300 block of North 41st Street.

Her fa­ther, Steven Jones, con­fronted Tucker. Stephanie Jones begged, “Don’t shoot my daddy,” but dur­ing a strug­gle, the 55-year-old was shot.

Pros­e­cu­tors say Tucker then fa­tally shot Stephanie, who col­lapsed in an­other room.

She had been stay­ing at the home with the 2-year-old daugh­ter she had with Tucker, and her mother and a new 15-year-old boyfriend, all of whom tes­ti­fied they saw the at­tack be­fore run­ning from the home with the tod­dler for fear Tucker would kill ev­ery­one there.



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