Sentence: Brings on loud rant
Man rants over a sentence of life in prison BY BRETT HAMBRIGHT, Staff Writer
Jakwan Green, still angry and objecting to his first-degree murder conviction in January, was given a life-without-parole sentence Thursday morning.
Green, a member of the "Bloods" street gang, lured a Lancaster city mother of four to her door in 2011, so another man could shoot her, according to trial testimony.
Green insisted Thursday that he didn't know what was going to happen when he accompanied a fellow gang member, Oscar Martinez, to Diana Spencer's home on Old Dorwart Street.
"Nothing was ever expected to go wrong that night," Green said during a 5-minute rant in front of Lancaster County Judge David Ashworth. "At the very most, I expected a fight."
Green's statement irked First Assistant District Attorney Christopher Larsen, who argued at trial that Green and Martinez carried out an ordered hit against rival gang members.
Spencer's live-in boyfriend was a proclaimed member of the "Latin Kings" -- she was gunned down wearing a necklace that included that gang's colors, Larsen said at trial.
"(Green) knocked on the door damn well knowing what was going to happen," Larsen said in rebuttal, at times raising his voice while staring at Green. "He was a full-fledged member of the Bloods."
Larsen pointed to Green's red sneakers, the color affiliated with the "Bloods."
"He was wearing them when he was arrested and he has them on now," the prosecutor said. "He's proud to be a Blood."
Green mumbled under his breath as Larsen snapped at him, but said nothing aloud.
Previously, he said he was a "friend" of Spencer's and accompanied Martinez to her house as a mediator.
"I never had any reason to do anyone harm that night," he said. "I went to defuse a problem (involving) two mutual friends of mine."
Trial testimony indicated Green and Martinez obeyed an order from their gang leader, Christopher Lassitter, who stayed in a vehicle during the shooting. (Lassitter was sentenced Wednesday to 30 to 60 years in prison for ordering the hit.)
"I was found guilty in this case as a murderer," Green said, "but that's not what I am."
Again, Larsen adamantly objected.
"The reason they look at you as being a murderer is because you are a murderer," he said.
Larsen scolded Green for not taking care of his two young children, who Green claimed he misses while being locked up.
"He was more interested in living the thug life and being a gang member," Larsen said.
There was testimony at trial that Green's street name was "ICK" – which stood for "Insane Crip Killer," referencing another rival gang.
Spencer was shot five times as she opened her front door. Her four children and roommates were inside the house.
A woman who adopted two of the children relayed a statement to Green.
"On that night, the boogie man became real for four little kids," the woman said.
She also delivered a message from one of the children, which she read aloud.
"Keep them in there (prison) forever," the child wrote in a letter.
Green said he will appeal the verdict, which Ashworth rendered following a nonjury trial in January.
"I understand the decision," Green said. "It's better to not let a guilty man go free than let an innocent man go to jail."
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