Kevin Nixon, 20, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter, two weapons charges and aggravated assault after a trial that detailed the gunfight that erupted July 16, 2011, on Aspen Court. A jury acquitted him of malice murder.
Assistant District Attorney Geoffrey Fogus told Superior Court Judge David Roper that numerous plea bargains were offered to Nixon but that the defendant refused to take responsibility for his actions. Besides firing the shot that killed Naquan Henderson, 18, Nixon also shot Octavius Davis, then 17, in the back.
Fogus characterized it as gang-related violence that injured two innocent victims.
“They were in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Fogus said. Henderson was “killed for nothing.”
Attorney Michael Arrington said on behalf of Nixon that it was the actions of others that precipitated the event. Nixon arrived with no ill will toward anyone and did not bring the gun to the party, Arrington said.
When gunfire broke out, Nixon “was responding to the fact that his brother was being beaten,” Arrington said.
Roper said this was clearly an example of gang violence between the neighborhoods of Barton Village and Meadowbrook.
“We just can’t have this kind of conduct in our society (and) in this community,” Roper said.
Nixon was also given a concurrent sentence of one year in prison for a guilty plea to misdemeanor possession of marijuana in a separate case.