Jerome Sanders, 23, was convicted for his role in the robbery and murder of Martin Webster, 19, inside the Hillcrest Apartments just after midnight on Sept. 24, 2010.
Sanders was sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole. He will be sentenced for the especially aggravated robbery conviction on April 24, 2014.
During court, Sanders was ordered out of the courtroom after he laughed out loud while the judge read the jury’s verdict. Judge Lee Coffee found Sanders in contempt of court after Sanders scoffed and cursed the court audibly as he was escorted from the courtroom. He was sentenced to 10 days for the outburst.
While being investigated for unrelated robberies on October 12, 2010, MPD detectives identified Sanders as one of the suspects involved in the September 2010 robbery and fatal shooting of Martin Webster.
On January 13th of 2014, a Shelby County jury convicted Sanders of the October 2010 robbery involving the shooting of Jarvis Robinson. He was sentenced to 18 years in that case earlier this year.
Prosecution evidence showed that Sanders and his accomplices, Reginald Daughty and Adrian Hendree were looking for someone to rob during the early morning hours of September 24, 2010.
Sanders, Daughty and Hendree approached Webster as he sat outside the apartment he shared with his disabled mother located at 4181 Eastwind. Armed with a handgun later identified as belonging to Jerome Sanders, they demanded Webster’s money. Webster handed over his I-phone but had nothing more to give. One of the men then pointed a .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol at Webster and pulled the trigger. When the gun did not fire, two more shots were fired. One of the bullets hit Webster in the chest killing him.
Reginald Daughty and Adrian Hendree have also been charged with first degree murder in perpetration of especially aggravated robbery and will face separate trials.
Asst. Dist. Attorneys Stacy McEndree and Glen Baity prosecuted the case.