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Man Receives Life Sentence from Federal Prison for Fatal University City Shooting

A male individual received a life sentence on Friday following a federal jury’s decision on nearly a dozen charges relating to firearms, drug distribution, and the fatal shooting of a person in University City in 2019.

Deoman Reeves, 32 years old, maintained his innocence regarding the demise of David Anderson on October 21, 2019, as he addressed the court and expressed profound regret to Anderson’s mother, stating, “From the depths of my heart, I am genuinely apologetic. I am not the [ppp1] you perceive me to be.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul D’Agrosa criticized Reeves’ apology, deeming it a disrespectful gesture towards Anderson’s family. D’Agrosa commented, “He is sorry for being apprehended. He regrets facing a lifetime in prison.”

Reeves, along with three co-defendants, faced charges in 2020 related to drug trafficking and illegal firearm possession. The prosecution alleged that Reeves and his associates provided fentanyl and weapons to confidential informants cooperating with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, as well as undercover ATF agents.

The incident on October 21, 2019, involved Reeves and his partners firing at Anderson in the 1100 block of Kingsland Avenue in retaliation for a previous shooting in the county. Reeves admitted on Friday that Anderson was not their intended target.

Following a jury verdict in September, Reeves was convicted on charges of fentanyl distribution, illegal possession of firearms, and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense resulting in death.

Despite the verdict, Reeves expressed his intention to appeal the decision.