22-year-old man sentenced to life behind bars for murdering 3 people in downtown Lawrence

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Anthony Laron Roberts Jr.

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — A 22-year-old Topeka man was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of killing three people in downtown Lawrence.

Anthony Laron Roberts Jr., was sentenced Thursday in the October 2017 shootings that killed 22-year-old Leah Elizabeth Brown, of Shawnee; 20-year-old Colwin Lynn Henderson III, of Topeka; and 24-year-old Tre’Mel Dupree Dean-Rayton, of Topeka.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports two other men were shot but survived. Brown was the only victim who didn’t know anyone involved.

Two co-defendants, Ahmad Malik Rayton and Dominque Jacquez McMillon, both of Topeka, pleaded to lesser charges earlier this year.

The shooting started with a fistfight between two groups of Topeka men who had previous confrontations and ended when more than 20 shots were fired.

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