Brian Hicks, the reputed leader of the Tre Tre Crips gang, has been convicted of soliciting two men to kill a witness named Kalonniann Clark. The 28-year-old Clark was killed on December 6, 2006 -- just a week before she was scheduled to testify that Hicks tried to shoot her in 2005. On Friday night, a jury found that Hicks hired Shun Birch and Willie Clark, who was convicted last year of murdering Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams, to murder Kalonniann Clark.
See the Denver District Attorney's Office press release about Hicks below:
HICKS GUILTY IN '06 WITNESS MURDER
A Denver jury has returned guilty verdicts today against one of three men charged in connection with the murder of 28-year-old Kalonniann Clark in 2006.
Brian Hicks (dob: 12-14-78) was found guilty of one count of first-degree murder (F1), solicitation to commit first-degree murder (F2), conspiracy to commit first-degree murder (F2), and aggravated intimidation of a victim (F3).
Hicks went to immediate sentencing this evening and was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus 120 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.
The charges alleged that in November and December 2006, Hicks solicited others to murder Kalonniann Clark; she was scheduled to testify against Hicks at a trial that was just a week away when she was killed on December 6, 2006.
Hicks was remanded immediately to begin serving his prison term.
A co-defendant, Shun Birch, is scheduled to go on trial later this month. A trial date for a third co-defendant, Willie Clark (no relation to the victim), has not been set.
For more on how Hicks and Willie Clark are intertwined, check out Westword's feature story, "In the Hunt for Darrent Williams Killer, the Cops Went on the Offensive Early."
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