Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Pattillo Sentenced to Life in 2016 Drive-By Killing

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Pattillo Sentenced to Life in 2016 Drive-By Killing

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A 19-year-old man convicted of murder and other charges linked to a southeast Topeka drive-by shooting in which the victim was killed told a judge Tuesday he shouldn't be sentenced to prison terms totaling more than 40 years.

"I don't think I should have to serve that much time for something I didn't do," Christopher Shawn Pattillo, of Topeka, told Shawnee County District Court Judge Mark Braun.

Pattillo added that when he drove a vehicle past the victim's house, he didn't intend to go there to shoot anyone.

Pattillo didn't fire the gunshots, according to testimony.

In the first-degree murder conviction, the judge sentenced Pattillo to a life term with parole eligibility after he serves at least 25 years.

Pattillo was convicted of felony first-degree murder on July 17 in the death of Brian Miller, 20, which occurred April 8, 2016, in the 2000 block of S.E. Echo Ridge.

Pattillo also was convicted of criminal discharge of a firearm at a residence occupied by a 7-year-old boy, aggravated assault and aggravated endangering of a child younger than 18.

Jurors in July acquitted Pattillo of the alternative charge of premeditated first-degree murder in Miller's death.

Before Patillo was sentenced, Taylor Miller, a sister of slaying victim Brian Miller, recalled him as a "loving, caring brother. April 8 is the only memory that runs through my head when I go to sleep. Give the defendant the (most severe) punishment the court will allow."

Besides the life term, Braun also sentenced Pattillo to an 18-year sentence for criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied dwelling, and six months for aggravated endangering a child.

Pattillo's sentences total 43 years and six months. A sentence of 12 months for a conviction of aggravated assault will be served concurrently to the other prison terms, the judge said.

Pattillo will receive credit for time served since he was arrested, and he could earn good time credit on the criminal discharge and aggravated endangering convictions, the judge told Pattillo.

Assistant district attorney Brett Watson sought the consecutive prison terms, noting Pattillo was an active member of a street gang, and the drive-by shooting was an intentional act of violence. …

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