Man takes 80-year plea deal for Christmas Eve 'ninja' murder
Jaylyn Franklin, 22, is pleading guilty to murder for his role in the 2016 Christmas Eve shooting deaths of 38-year-old Christopher Brooks and his 32-year-old wife Danielle Brooks.
When police arrived on the scene, Danielle’s 5-year-old son told officers that “ninjas” had killed his family.
Police don't believe Franklin shot either victim. They say the case started when Franklin joined then-22-year-old Lamarkus Jayqwann Mann and then-19-year-old Deanthony Malik Harris in going to the Brooks’ home in order to steal drugs and money from them.
The charges allege that the trio broke into the home wearing T-shirts over their faces.
During the robbery, detectives say, Mann shot Danielle and then Christopher was shot after a struggle over the gun. Danielle died inside the home. Christopher made it outside, but later died at the hospital.
Anchorage police say Christmas Eve was the deadliest day of 2016, with three homicides in less than 24 hours.
Under the plea deal, Franklin agrees to plead guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, each of which carries a sentence of 40 years, for a total of 80 years to serve.
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