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2 convicted of Lincoln’s woman’s killing during robbery

February 26, 2021 GMT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted two Lincoln men of murder and other counts in the 2018 fatal shooting of a woman in the presence of her children during a home-invasion robbery.

Tawhyne Patterson Sr. and Damon Williams were found guilty Friday in Lincoln’s U.S. District Court of murder while using a firearm during a violent crime, two counts of attempted interference with commerce by robbery and weapons counts, federal prosecutors said in a news release.

Prosecutors proved during their trial that Patterson and Williams were part of a crew that targeted a Lincoln home to rob in July 2018. Authorities said the robbers zip tied three children in the home, including a child on a sleepover. One of the robbers then shot Jessica Brandon, mother of two of the children, after encountering her in a stairwell. She died later at a Lincoln hospital.

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Earlier this month, Dante Williams, of Omaha, pleaded guilty in federal court to aiding and abetting and two robbery charges for his involvement in the deadly robbery

Patterson and Williams face up to life in prison when they’re sentenced on May 21.