June 24, 2013
A Jackson County judge sentenced DeQuan A. Hawkins on Friday, June 20, to 50 years in prison for the murder of 16-year-old Shalonda Perkins.
Judge David Byrn sentenced Hawkins, 22 (dob: 3/19/1992), to 30 years in prison on the charge of Murder 2nd Degree and 20 years on a second charge of Armed Criminal Action. The sentences are to run consecutively.
A Jackson County jury in April found DeQuan A. Hawkins guilty of Murder 2nd Degree and Armed Criminal Action in connection with the April 4, 2012 slaying of Perkins, who was shot as she left a convenience store in the 3200 block of East 51st Street.
Witnesses told police Perkins had been threatened by “Quan-Quan” on Facebook, according to court records. Police identified Hawkins from his Facebook profile and found another witness who said Hawkins was at the store before the shooting.
Chief Trial Assistant Jennifer Phillips and Assistant Prosecutor Adam Caine led the prosecution.