By Terri Hill |August 28, 2018
A Rankin man who pleaded guilty Tuesday in the 2015 fatal shooting of his girlfriend’s former boyfriend will spend the next 20-40 years in a state prison.
Cyrano “Laylow” Morrison, 31, of McKees Rocks received the sentence from Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Beth Lazzara after pleading guilty to one count each of third degree murder and recklessly endangering another person and two firearm violations.
A criminal complaint filed in the case alleged that Donald Jenkins, 35 of Pittsburgh, the former boyfriend of Junique Dobbs, using a friend’s phone accidentally called Dobbs around 1 a.m. on Aug.12 while attempting to call one of his two children. Dobbs is the mother of his two children.
The friend told police they started receiving numerous calls and text messages on their from a person they recognized as Morrison. During one of the calls Morrison threatens to “beat up Donald Jenkins and states he is coming over to the residence,” the complaint said.
At 4:02 a.m. police allege in the complaint, the witness saw Morrison and Dobbs sitting in a vehicle outside their house after receiving a call from Morrison saying that he is outside their house.
As Mr. Jenkins was walking down the porch steps he was shot. The witness told police Morrison “reached for his waistband and then he\she heard two gunshots and saw muzzle flashes from the gun.”
Mr. Jenkins died from a single gunshot wound to the trunk less than a half-hour after he was transported to UPMC Mercy.
Police say Morrison fled to Ohio and was arrested a week later by U.S. Marshals.
Dobbs was charged with hindering apprehension and obstructing the administration of law after she told police she gave Morrison $100 and drove him to Ohio. A non-jury trial in her case is scheduled for Sept. 7 before Judge Lazzara.
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