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October 4, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Man gets 28-year sentence for fatal 2011 shooting in Des Moines

A 31-year-old man was sentenced this afternoon to 28 years in prison for fatally shooting a woman and wounding a man in a Des Moines parking lot in November 2011.

Johnny Rourn, of Des Moines, had pleaded guilty in August to second-degree murder and second-degree assault. Both charges include firearm sentencing enhancements.

Two groups of people were involved in an argument in a parking lot in the 800 block of Redondo Way South around 2:30 a.m. Nov. 5, 2011, according to police. After one of the victims’ friends yelled an epithet at a group of African-American and Asian men, the men started running toward the victims and their friends, police said.

A witness saw one of the men hand a gun to another man, who immediately started firing.

Nineteen-year-old Jayme Thomas was shot several times as she sat in the back seat of a car, police said. She later died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The second victim was shot in both arms.

Detectives, who found a number of 9-mm casings in the parking lot, used video-surveillance footage from a nearby business to identify a witness to the shooting. The witness identified six men, including Rourn, who were present during the shooting — and three of the men later identified Rourn as the shooter, police said.

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