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Williams-Gillard sentenced for role in Duluth homicide

The Hon. Eric L. Hylden today sentenced Brandon Capone Williams-Gillard, 25, to 480 months for his conviction of Aiding and Abetting Intentional Second-Degree Murder.

Williams-Gillard received additional concurrent sentences of 71 months for his conviction of Aiding and Abetting Second Degree Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, and 132 months for his conviction for Drive by Shooting. The 480-month sentence is the maximum sentence allowed under law for a murder conviction.

A jury previously found Williams-Gillard guilty following a lengthy jury trial on December 7, 2023. Evidence at trial established that in the early afternoon of August 2, 2023, Mr. Williams-Gillard and his co-defendant shot from a vehicle towards Paris Kadin Allen and another man who were standing near 3904 West 4th Street in Duluth. The shooting caused the death of Paris Kadin Allen and injured a second man. The attack appeared motivated by a long-standing dispute between the two co-defendants and a third unharmed individual. 

“Our thoughts go out to the family of Paris Allen, whose life was cut short due to this senseless act of gun violence,” said Maki. “While nothing will bring Paris back, this maximum sentence makes clear that such a heinous act is not tolerated by our community.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant County Attorney Vicky Wanta.

A trial in the co-defendant’s case has not yet been scheduled.