Ronnie Bowers was an innocent bystander, Kettering police said, when he was shot and killed last year after a dispute among teenagers.

Teens sentenced for roles in killing of Fairmont junior near AlterFest

Two teens who testified against the accused shooter in the Kettering homicide of a Fairmont High School junior received maximum sentences Wednesday.

The 15-year-old could remain jailed until the age of 21, Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge Anthony Capizzi ruled. The 17-year-old defendent was given a sentence of anywhere from six months until the age of 21. Capizzi said the 17-year-old started the chain of events, but because of legal restrictions he was given the lightest sentence.

The two are key witnesses against murder suspect Kylen Jamal Gregory, a 16-year-old prosecutors are seeking to try as an adult in the Sept. 4 fatal shooting of Ronnie Bowers near AlterFest.

Ronnie Bowers was an innocent bystander, Kettering police said, when he was shot and killed last year after a dispute among teenagers.
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The older teen testified Gregory was his best friend.

The two teens both said in juvenile court Monday that – in attempts to hide a .357 Smith & Wesson after the shooting – they handled the weapon Gregory used to shoot Bowers shortly after leaving the annual Catholic festival that night.

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Both pleaded guilty in juvenile court in November before Capizzi as part of a deal with prosecutors in exchange for testifying against Gregory in Kettering’s first gun-related homicide since 2007.

The 17-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of felony tampering with evidence, and one count each of misdemeanor assault and aggravated menacing. The 15-year-old pleaded guilty to one count each of felony tampering with evidence, and misdemeanor assault and aggravated menacing.

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Both said Monday they were part of a group that had a “beef” with an acquaintance of Bowers while at AlterFest. They testified that after Bowers — who authorities called an innocent bystander — and three others left the event in the victim’s car the group they were with followed the vehicle to the 800 block of Willowdale.

They then said the five in their car exited and confronted Bowers’ party before Gregory fired the fatal shot while Bowers was driving away.

The two teens and Gregory have been in custody since the first week of September.

 

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