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Anchorage man sentenced to 100 years for role in killing of couple during Christmas Eve robbery

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: June 21
  • Published June 21

Anchorage police investigate a double homicide at the 4100 block of Peterkin Avenue in Mountain View on December 24, 2016. (Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News)

A man was sentenced to 100 years in prison Thursday for his role in a 2016 home invasion robbery in Anchorage that became a double killing, state prosecutors say.

Jaylyn Franklin, 22, pleaded guilty in March to two counts of second-degree murder for his role in the killing of Christopher Brooks, 38, and Danielle Brooks, 32, at their Mountain View home on Christmas Eve.

Franklin is one of four people charged in the killing, which prosecutors say happened when three men who knew Christopher Brooks went to the Brooks home on Peterkin Drive to rob him of “drugs and money,” according to charging documents.

During the robbery, 22-year-old Lamarkus Jayquann Mann pulled out a gun and shot Danielle Brooks, police said. Her husband struggled with Mann over the gun and was ultimately shot himself, according to police.

The shooting was witnessed by the couple’s 6-year-old son, according to charging documents. Police said the boy told officers that “ninjas” had come to his home and killed his parents. Christopher Brooks had two other children, according to his mother, who addressed the alleged shooter in court.

Mann and another defendant charged in the killing, 25-year-old Savon Wiley, are scheduled to go to trial in July. A trial date hasn’t been set yet for the fourth defendant, 22-year-old DeAnthony Malik Harris.


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