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Two men sentenced for shooting man on crutches 24 times

Tyrone Ray Jr. is the grandson of state lawmaker Talmadge Branch
Posted at 3:09 PM, Mar 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-13 23:33:58-04

BALTIMORE — Two men have been sentenced after shooting a man on crutches 24 times, eventually killing him.

Raekwon Thornton and Lamont Kyler both received a double life sentence plus 25 years, the first five years without the option of parole.

They were convicted in December 2018 for first-degree murder, conspiracy to murder, using a handgun in a crime of violence, and prohibited possession.

The man who was killed, Tyrone Ray Jr. is the grandson of state lawmaker Talmadge Branch.

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On September 2, 2017, Ray was found lying on the sidewalk in the 4200 block of Nicolas Avenue with 24 gunshot wounds. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Investigators say video footage shows both Thornton and Kyler get out of a white vehicle and try to access a store on Nicolas Ave from the alley, but realize it was a dead end. The men then get back in the car, head towards the storefront and then walk up to Ray who was on crutches at the time.

After a short conversation, the video shows Ray walking away and then coming back to the men. Both men then shoot Ray and then flee in that white car.