Second suspect in 2017 fatal drive-by shooting sentenced to prison

Published: Jan. 20, 2021 at 6:34 PM CST
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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) - The second of three suspects from a 2017 Denison drive-by shooting that left a 5-year-old boy dead pleaded guilty Wednesday morning.

20-year-old Sabrina Nino of Sherman accepted a plea agreement with prosecutors Wednesday. She received 40 years in prison for murder, and 20 years for aggravated assault.

“She’ll have to do a flat 20 before she becomes eligible. After that it’s up to the parole board. She can’t get out earlier than then. She could do the whole 40 or some number in between,” said First Assistant District Attorney Kerye Ashmore.

Ashmore says even though she’ll be eligible for parole after serving half her sentence the details of the case may keep her behind bars for the full sentence.

“In this case where you have a 5-year-old kiddo killed and an 11-year-old wounded, I’m sure the parole board will, I’m hoping will be very concerned about how much time she serves,” said Ashmore.

5-year-old Kason Powell was struck and killed in the shooting. His 11-year-old brother ZaQuavian seriously injured.

Nino tried selling $20 worth of marijuana to Kason’s older brother, but he stole it from her.

Nino conspired with her supplier Antonio Prado along with Ryan Clay, who retaliated by opening fire into a home where they thought the boy’s older brother was inside, but struck the two younger boys.

Prado also pleaded guilty in November to life in prison. He’ll have to serve at least 30 years before he’s eligible for parole.

Clay is still awaiting trial.

At the plea hearing Wednesday morning, Nino told Judge Jim Fallon “I think it’s necessary for me to take responsibility for my actions.”

Ashmore says the community can learn something from this case.

“People should know that, and particularly young people, the fact that you don’t actually pull the trigger in a case like this doesn’t mean that you escape criminal responsibility,” said Ashmore.

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