From the Alaska Department of Law:
At a sentencing held June 19, 2019, Jaylyn Franklin, one of four defendants charged in a 2016 Christmas Eve double homicide, received a total sentence of 100 years for his role in the murder of an Anchorage couple.
Franklin, 22-years-old, originally faced charges of first degree murder, second degree murder, and armed robbery for his role in the shooting deaths of Christopher and Danielle Brooks at their residence on Peterkin Avenue. According to the charging documents, the victims’ young son allegedly witnessed some of the crime and told officers that “ninjas” had killed his family.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Franklin pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree murder and will serve 50 years with 10 years suspended on each count, to be served consecutively, with an additional 20 years of suspended time and 10 years of felony probation.
At the sentencing, a number of the victims’ family members made victim impact statements, speaking at length about the devastating effect the crimes have had on their families.
Trial for defendant Mann and a third defendant, Savon Wiley (allegedly involved in the home-invasion robbery but not present at the scene) is scheduled to begin July 8, 2019. A firm trial date for defendant Harris is not currently set.
Anchorage Police responded to a shooting with multiple victims that occurred at a residence at the 4100 block of Peterkin Avenue at about 4 PM on December 24, 2016.
Upon arrival, officers discovered a male and a female who had been shot. The victims have been identified as Danielle Brooks, 32, and Christopher Brooks, 38. Danielle Brooks was pronounced dead at the scene. Christopher Brooks managed to exit the residence, but collapsed outside; he was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later. A six-year-old child, who was inside the residence at the time of the shooting, told police that “Ninjas came to my home and killed my family.” Family members now have custody of the boy.
Detectives worked throughout the evening and into the night piecing together the events that led to the shootings. The investigation revealed that several men, who knew Christopher Brooks, planned on going to his residence with the intention of robbing the couple. During the robbery, Lamarkus Jayquann Mann, 22, produced a gun and shot Danielle Brooks; a struggle over the gun ensued resulting in the shooting of Christopher Brooks.
The robbers fled the scene in a vehicle. During the course of the investigation, detectives determined that Jaylyn Franklin was amongst the group that robbed the couple; he was taken into custody and charged with Murder, Robbery, Burglary, and Tampering with Evidence. He is being held without bail at the Anchorage Jail. Detectives are looking for Lamarkus Jayquann Mann who has a warrant for his arrest for Murder, Robbery and Burglary. Mann is considered armed and dangerous; if you have information as to his whereabouts, call 911.
This case is still under investigation as detectives work to determine the identities of other persons involved in the two murders. If you have information regarding this incident call Anchorage Police at 786-8900 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward call Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or submit a tip at www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com
ORIGINAL RELEASE 12/24/16:
Anchorage Police are investigating a homicide that occurred at the 4100 block of Peterkin Avenue at about 4 PM this afternoon. No suspect is in custody at this time. This investigation is in the very early stages; additional information will be released as it becomes available.