After a jury trial, Alexis Willocks, a 21-year-old woman from South Bend, has been found guilty of murder and criminal recklessness in connection with the fatal shooting of Anika Henderson, a 17-year-old teenager, on the southeast side of South Bend in November 2021.
According to reports, Henderson was sitting in a car with her boyfriend near Randolph Park when she was shot and killed. Willocks, who was 19 at the time of the incident, was charged just over a month later, but was not arrested until October 2022.
During the trial, evidence was presented that linked Willocks to the shooting. She was identified as a suspect early on in the investigation and eventually confessed to the crime. The jury deliberated for several hours before reaching their verdict.
Willocks is scheduled to be sentenced on May 16th. The sentencing range for murder is 45 to 65 years, while the sentencing range for a Level 5 felony, which includes criminal recklessness, is one to six years.
The shooting has been a tragic event for the community and has left many wondering about the circumstances that led to the incident. The guilty verdict provides some closure for the family of the victim, but it is a reminder of the impact of gun violence in our society.
It is important to note that the justice system has followed its course, and the verdict is the result of a fair and impartial trial. The case highlights the importance of holding individuals accountable for their actions and the need for communities to work together to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.
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