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State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle Comments on Sentencing of Davonte Barnes


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Miami (November 3, 2023)

“Today, Davonte Barnes was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty by a jury for his essential role in the May 30, 2021, El Mula Banquet Hall killings, which left 3 people dead and 20 people wounded. Though this is a step in obtaining justice for the families of Shaniqua Peterson, Desmond Owens, and Clayton Dillard III, and of the injured, nothing can erase the loss and pain of that night’s events. We hope this result will be the beginning of healing for them and the community.”


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