Jury convicts Sports Page Tavern shooter of two counts of second-degree murder

Prosecutors said Cleanthony Jimerson stood above 23 year-old Lorenzo Duncan and 24-year-old Nicholas Lindsay as they lay helpless on the ground during a melee outside the Sports Page Tavern in 2013 and fired bullets into their heads and bodies.

And that friends of the two men then shot Jimerson.

A jury on Oct. 30 found Jimerson guilty of two counts of second-degree murder with firearms enhancements and, because he was a convicted felon at the time of the shootings, one count of second degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Pending unforeseen developments, Superior Court Judge Janet Helson will sentence Jimerson at 10 a.m. Nov. 17 in courtroom 3H of the Maleng Regional Justice Center. He faces a sentence range of 387 to 584 months in prison, which includes the firearm enhancements.

It was Jimerson’s second trial, his first having ended in hung jury on March 14 of this year. Jimerson was then up against two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Duncan and Lindsay one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. First-degree murder requires evidence of pre-meditation, where second-degree murder does not.

Also killed in that early morning melee was Antuan Greer, 21. But according to Auburn Police, a stray bullet, fired by an unknown person, likely killed him.

The Sports Page Tavern has since gone out of business.

According to what witnesses told detectives, the argument that led to the fatal shootings started between two women on the tavern’s dance floor, one of them part of the group that numbered Duncan, Lindsay and Greer.

The physical fight began outside in the parking lot, five minutes after closing, when 100 patrons were milling out, and security got busy directing people to their cars.

Loud talk outside from one of the women involved in the argument led to a fistfight between men in the two groups, according to the affidavit. According to the affidavit, a few of the fighters went south of the parking lot and out onto Auburn Way North to fight and the rest began moving north through the parking lot, toward where the fatal shots were later fired.

Several witnesses told police that a woman first fired a warning shot into the air to break up the fight. Hearing that, a witness said, a man, perhaps believing that shots were being fired for real, ran to his car across the lot and grabbed a gun. An estimated 20-to-30 seconds after the warning shot, multiple individuals pulled out their handguns and began firing.

Although witness accounts of the fatal shootings vary widely, a number of witnesses identified or described Jimerson as the man who had shot and killed the two men.

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