The Columbus Dispatch
2nd brother sentenced to prison for fatal ’20 shooting
Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Kimberly Cocroft said Tuesday while sentencing Quintez Poole that he “created the circumstances that led to the tragic conclusion of Donte Wiley losing his life.”
Now, Quintez Poole is facing at least 23 years behind bars for that deadly exchange of gunfire in 2020, the same incident for which his younger brother, Q’juantez Poole, is currently serving a life sentence.
Cocroft pointed out that no members of the Poole family were present Tuesday to support Quintez, but many showed up to support young brother Q’juantez at his sentencing in April.
Quintez Poole, 27, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault with firearm specifications. As part of a plea agreement, Franklin County prosecutors dropped a murder charge.
Cocroft sentenced Quintez Poole to an indefinite prison term of 23 years to 28 years at the joint recommendation of prosecutors and Poole’s defense attorney, Jeremy Dodgion. Poole has more than 2 years of jail time as credit toward his sentence.
The charges stem from an exchange of gunfire on Oct. 7, 2020 that left Wiley, 26, mortally wounded and left Quintez Poole with multiple gunshot wounds to his groin area.
Franklin County prosecutors said Quintez Poole and his 23-year-old brother Q’juantez drove up without provocation and opened fire on a car parked outside Quintez Poole’s apartment building. Wiley and Kari Anderson-latham, then 23, were inside the car. Wiley exchanged gunfire.
A jury trial of Quintez Poole in August 2022 ended in a mistrial due to a witness issue.
Then it was Q’juantez Poole’s turn in
February to go on trial for murder. During that trial, Q’juantez Poole testified that his older brother called him, concerned that the people parked outside his apartment were there to hurt him.
According to prosecutors, Quintez Poole got his girlfriend and children out of the apartment before calling his brother.
After Q’juantez Poole arrived, the brothers drove away briefly before returning to the scene and opening fire on Wiley’s car, according to prosecutors.
“It’s a difficult situation,” Joseph R. Landusky II, Q’juantez Poole’s defense attorney, previously told The Dispatch. “We have a little brother who’s never been in trouble called by his older brother to come help him out, who’s freaking out and believes these people are out to hurt him. My client did what he had to do.”
Landusky argued during Q’juantez Poole’s trial that Wiley shot first. Q’juantez Poole maintains he fired to defend himself and his brother.
After a jury convicted Q’juantez Poole of murder and other charges in February, Cocroft sentenced him on April 5 to life in prison with the opportunity for parole after at least 27 years. Q’juantez Poole, who is appealing his conviction, had almost 21⁄2 years of jail time credit, meaning he could be eligible for parole in about 241⁄2 years.
During the court hearing on Tuesday, Kaiana Edwards, one of Wiley’s sisters sitting in the gallery, exclaimed that Quintez Poole was getting off with a “slap on the wrist.”
Edwards later spoke during the hearing and criticized prosecutors for not taking Quintez Poole to trial again for murder.
Cocroft explained to Edwards that there was a “lack of clarity” on whether Quintez Poole was a victim in the shooting and a guilty verdict is never guaranteed.
Dodgion said during the hearing that this was an “extremely tragic event that didn’t need to happen.”
“I think that in the moment, Mr. Poole honestly thought he was protecting his family,” he said.
Dodgion said Quintez Poole now recognizes that his initial assessment of the situation was incorrect and he is extremely remorseful.
Quintez Poole declined during the hearing to make a statement on his behalf.
At the time of the shooting, Quintez Poole could not legally possess a gun since he was previously convicted in 2018 in federal court of assaulting a U.S. Postal Service carrier with a dangerous weapon. email@example.com @Lairdwrites