'I can't breathe,' teen told grandmother after being shot 5 times
Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati Enquirer - Published 4:23 p.m. ET Aug. 13, 2019
Last year, Gregory Thompson Jr. was shot five times in front of his grandmother's house in Evanston.
The 17-year-old's grandmother, Mary Partee, rushed to his side.
"He said, 'Grandma, I can't breathe.' And he left me," Partee recalled during the sentencing for the teen who shot
Thompson. "He died right in front of me."
The shooter was Desean Bowman, at the time a 16-year-old who attended Withrow High School.
Bowman, now 17, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison and will not be eligible for early release, according to the terms of the plea agreement.
The reason for the March 2018 shooting has never been explained in detail in court.
Judge Ethna Cooper said she keeps returning to the question of why.
"I don't know how someone,16 years old, could basically execute another human being," Cooper said. "Over what? Because of what? There's no answers."
Thompson, a student at Purcell Marian High School, was living with his grandmother at the time.
Bowman was driven to the home in a vehicle with four other people, prosecutors said. Thompson walked out of the home to meet with one of the others in the vehicle.
At some point, prosecutors say Bowman walked up to Thompson and shot him.
"Without question, it was a premeditated, cold-blooded act," Hamilton County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Goodyear said.
One of Bowman's attorneys, Wilkes Ellsworth, said he believes Bowman was manipulated by an older person inside the vehicle.
Bowman apologized to Thompson's family, but did not give a reason for the shooting.
Thompson's mother, Dionne Partee, said her son was looking forward to graduating and getting a car. But that was taken away from him.
She also talked about the loss, pain and sorrow she feels.
"You took my baby. You took my baby," Partee finally told Bowman. Then she walked back to her seat in the courtroom, sobbing.
Another person charged in the case, 19-year-old Frank Jones, pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.