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Reginald Denny Beating Defendant Sentenced In Murder Case
NBC4 TV ^ | December 5, 2003 | Staff

Posted on 12/08/2003 3:56:15 AM PST by prisoner6

NBC 4

Reginald Denny Beating Defendant Sentenced In Murder Case

Man Already Convicted Of Beating Trucker During Riots Of 1992

POSTED: 12:37 p.m. PST December 5, 2003
UPDATED: 3:29 p.m. PST December 5, 2003

A man convicted of felony mayhem for a televised attack on trucker Reginald Denny during the 1992 Los Angeles riots was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in prison for a drug dealer's murder.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Curtis B. Rappe also ordered Damian Williams, 30, to serve an additional 21 years in prison for a firearm theft charge and other violations.

The judge denied attorney Edi M.O. Faal's second request for a new trial after hearing testimony from Williams co-defendant Tyrone David Killingsworth.

Killingsworth, 38, was the triggerman and was sentenced last month to 110 years to life in state prison, along with an additional 20-year prison term.

With his attorney by his side and a sheriff's deputy nearby, Killingsworth recounted his version of what happened at the crack house in southwest Los Angeles where Grover Tinner was shot to death July 18, 2000.

Killingsworth denied that Williams -- after handing him two guns -- told him some time before the 48-year-old drug dealer arrived, "You know what to do. Don't let me down."

In explaining why he waited until Williams' sentencing to explain his version of what happened that night, Killingsworth said, "I believe we were wrongfully convicted."

Killingsworth testified that he believed one of the guns Williams had asked him to hold accidentally went off as he struggled with Tinner, while Williams was struggling with another man. But he said he was unsure if those shots struck Tinner or if the gunfire that killed the victim came from somewhere else.

Deputy District Attorney Tom Rubinson disputed Killingsworth's version of the events, and said jurors returned a "very reasonable and correct verdict" against both men.

Williams served four years of a 10-year term after he was convicted of felony mayhem for throwing a brick on Denny's head as the riots began.

Denny was pulled out of a big rig at Florence and Normandie avenues on April 29, 1992, a short time after a state jury in Simi Valley acquitted four white Los Angeles police officers accused of beating black motorist Rodney King.

Williams denied he was the person caught on videotape attacking Denny.

Williams did not comment during Friday's sentencing hearing.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Front Page News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: damianwilliams; denny; losngeles; reginalddenny; riot
Now, whoda thunk it?

< /sarcasm >

prisoner6

1 posted on 12/08/2003 3:56:16 AM PST by prisoner6
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To: prisoner6
Wasn't this the steaming pile who was nicknamed "Football?"
2 posted on 12/08/2003 4:12:28 AM PST by niteowl77 (Time Magazine: coordinating attacks on American and Coalition troops from the comfort of an office.)
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To: prisoner6
Maybe, just maybe one of his prison mates can find a nice sized concrete block and substantially shorten Reginald's sentence!!!
3 posted on 12/08/2003 4:14:28 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: prisoner6; mhking; dighton; Poohbah; aculeus; BlueLancer; hellinahandcart
Why couldn't those nice folks at the crack house all just get along?
4 posted on 12/08/2003 4:24:49 AM PST by Thinkin' Gal
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To: prisoner6
I'm shocked....truly shocked.
5 posted on 12/08/2003 4:39:56 AM PST by aardvark1
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To: prisoner6
Judge Curtis B. Rappe

Sounds like HE should be signed by Death Row records.

6 posted on 12/08/2003 4:52:38 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: prisoner6
Yet more evidence supporting my plan to handle the riots.... Cobras, deputize store/shop owners and issue M60s, etc.........
7 posted on 12/08/2003 5:24:34 AM PST by Feckless
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To: prisoner6
Yeah and that Dumb Ass Denny went and hugged Williams family and him after the watered down trial

What a boob
8 posted on 12/08/2003 5:26:21 AM PST by uncbob
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To: thesummerwind
One hope so, otherwise, he just might get out early from prison for "good behavior."
9 posted on 12/08/2003 5:26:48 AM PST by nicmarlo
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To: prisoner6
Ain't it sweet?

attorney Edi M.O. Faal

Same attorney he had in the last trial. Apparently the race card didn't work this time.

10 posted on 12/08/2003 5:39:29 AM PST by ArmstedFragg
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To: prisoner6
This country is a joke.

This guy tries to murder a man in 1992, but only serves Four out of a ten year sentence?!? They let this scumbag back on the street!?!?!

And now he murders someone--BTW, while I think he should be gone forever, even for killing a drug dealer, isn't it odd that he is being given 51 years for that killing but there are people in this country who killed truly innocent folk who will serve far less than that?
11 posted on 12/08/2003 5:48:50 AM PST by Skywalk
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To: prisoner6
A man convicted of felony mayhem for a televised attack on trucker Reginald Denny during the 1992 Los Angeles riots was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in prison for a drug dealer's murder.

Hell, just send him to Cincinnati.

Who knows? We may get lucky. :)

12 posted on 12/08/2003 6:20:49 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("The Clintons have damaged our country. They have done it together, in unison." -- Peggy Noonan)
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To: prisoner6
I'm shocked!

But then I am so easily shocked.
13 posted on 12/08/2003 6:37:13 AM PST by Valin (We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.)
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To: prisoner6
I am trying to figure out if they called him "football" because he gets kicked or he gets caught....
14 posted on 12/08/2003 7:13:15 AM PST by dwd1 (M. h. D. (Master of Hate and Discontent))
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To: Thinkin' Gal
Williams served four years of a 10-year term after he was convicted of felony mayhem for throwing a brick on Denny's head as the riots began.

Four years!

15 posted on 12/08/2003 8:41:47 AM PST by aculeus
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To: dwd1
...if they called him "football" because he gets kicked or he gets caught...

LOL! That was a good one.

16 posted on 12/08/2003 8:50:04 AM PST by FormerLib
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To: FormerLib
I was in LA when it happened. I don't think anyone would have gotten upset if he had gotten a can of whoopa$$ opened up on him...
17 posted on 12/08/2003 8:52:04 AM PST by dwd1 (M. h. D. (Master of Hate and Discontent))
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To: uncbob
Poor Denny probably had major brain damage after being almost beaten to death. I can't think of any other explanation.
18 posted on 12/08/2003 9:10:32 AM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: prisoner6
"Williams served four years of a 10-year term after he was convicted of felony mayhem for throwing a brick on Denny's head as the riots began."

Looking at the dates involved, it seems clear that this defendant would not have been able to "hold the gun and accidentally have it go off and kill" the victim in this case if he had served the entire 10 year sentence for what he did in 1992.

19 posted on 12/08/2003 9:10:58 AM PST by Montfort
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To: Devil_Anse
Poor Denny probably had major brain damage after being almost beaten to death. I can't think of any other explanation.

I can: I'd be willing to be that he got paid a tidy sum by the NAACP, or out of the Rev'rund Jackson's slush fund to just keep his mouth shut and make nice.

20 posted on 12/08/2003 9:53:41 AM PST by Inspectorette
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To: thesummerwind
Maybe, just maybe one of his prison mates can find a nice sized concrete block and substantially shorten Reginald's sentence!!!

I'm confused- What sentence did Reginald get--other than a life time of pain and less sight than he had before he was dragged from his truck and beaten?
Please clarify...
21 posted on 12/08/2003 9:56:35 AM PST by ridesthemiles (ridesthemiles)
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To: ridesthemiles
I was confused too. I thought Reginald Denny was the truck driver who wielded the concrete block during the '92 riot. Sorry for the error on my part. Too busy this morning
22 posted on 12/08/2003 10:02:34 AM PST by thesummerwind (like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin' by)
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To: Inspectorette
Your comments about Reginald Denny being paid to shut up are offensive in the extreme.
23 posted on 12/08/2003 12:47:05 PM PST by OldFriend (DEMS INHABIT A PARALLEL UNIVERSE)
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