DES MOINES, Iowa ( Associated Press) – A jury has indicted two men of manslaughter on charges of shooting three Iowa teenagers while stealing their video game consoles and cellphones.
Dashon Giles, 23, was found guilty on Monday of three counts of first-degree murder and robbery, while 21-year-old Emmanuel Totaye Jr. was found guilty of three counts of second-degree murder and robbery, Des Moines Register reports.
A third man, 18-year-old Leontriol Jones, is expected to plead guilty Thursday to two robbery charges in a deal with prosecutors in which he testified against Giles and Totaye, who said he turned 19 in January 2020. – The older Devonte Swanks and his brother, 16-year-old Malachi Swanks, as well as the brothers’ friend, 15-year-old Thayne Wright.
Police investigators have said that the three defendants and three victims were all walking into the Swanks’ home in Des Moines when Totaye and Giles argued with Malachi Swanks over a loan she had not repaid. Prosecutors said Giles and Parrot then robbed and killed the teens to prevent them from reporting it.
Police said the juvenile victims were shot inside a walk-in cell in the house.
Giles and Parrot will be sentenced at a later date. Giles would face a mandatory life sentence for each first-degree murder charge, while Totaye would face up to 50 years for each second-degree murder. The charge of robbery carries a prison sentence of up to 25 years.