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Two defendants sentenced in 2016 death of San Antonio man

February 23, 2019

Two of six defendants involved in a plot to steal drugs that ended with the fatal shooting of a San Antonio man at a far North Side apartment in 2016 were sentenced Friday to prison.

Bexar County Sheriff’s Office investigators said the group of five teens and one adult plotted to rob two brothers of marijuana around 10 p.m. at PURE View at TPC, 4092 TPC Parkway, on Oct. 9, 2016.

Originally, all six suspects were charged with capital murder in the death of Milton Ray Miles, 37, who was at the apartment to watch a basketball game when the group — some of them masked — entered the apartment and fired shots.

Last year, each of the defendants agreed to admit guilt for reduced charges.

In September, Jai Lynn Jamal Arnold, known as “Taco,” and Jason Marino, both 20, pleaded to a reduced count of murder. Gabrielle “Gabby” Nicole Brightman, 20, and Jamarr “Yoshi” Harrison-McNeil, 25, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated robbery, court records show.

After a Friday morning hearing, Marino was sentenced by Judge Kevin O’Connell to 30 years in prison. In the afternoon, Harrison-McNeil was sentenced to 12 years.

Arnold was sentenced Dec. 27 to 45 years in prison for his part in the shooting.

On Jan. 24, Ethan Yoast, 20, pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 32 years in prison. The status of a juvenile female who was also charged was not immediately available.

Both Brightman and the girl admitted to spraying a dark coating over cameras monitoring that part of the complex before the group walked up to the fifth floor.

Before Judge Kevin O’Connell sentenced Harrison-McNeil, the man’s relatives testified on his behalf and asked the judge for mercy because he had no previous criminal record and has two young children. The judge pointed out that there were numerous letters written to the court on the defendant’s behalf, and that they were taken into consideration for sentencing.

In a tearful victim impact statement, Milton’s mother, Marie Milton-Wilhoite told Harrison-McNeil that after hearing testimony from his relatives, she felt certain that her son’s death was “not part of his plan,” she said.

“If you’re going to be a follower, follow good instead of evil,” Milton-Wilhoite said.

Brightman is expected in court in March for sentencing.

Elizabeth Zavala covers county and state courts in San Antonio. Read her on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | ezavala@express-news.net | Twitter: @elizabeth2863