EAST NEW YORK, Brooklyn — Two men convicted in the ambush-style murders of a couple in East New York in 2017 were sentenced to 50 years to life in prison on Monday, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said.
Gary Martin, 35, and Kenrick Bayliss, 37, followed Devon Hannibal, 27, and Christina Stubbs, 23, from the Linden Hall club on June 23, 2017, officials said. Martin fired 13 times after Hannibal and Stubbs got into an SUV.
Hannibal was stuck nine times. Stubbs was hit once.
“These defendants coldly orchestrated the execution of two young people enjoying a night on the town. Their ruthless violence shattered two families,” Gonzalez said. “This sentencing should send a clear message that there are serious consequences for those who devastate and terrorize our communities with gun violence.”
They’d coordinated the shooting that night, prosecutors said. Surveillance video and cellphone records show that Bayliss tracked the victims’ movements while Martin returned home to get a gun. Bayliss texted Martin to tell him when the victims were leaving the club. He then acted as a lookout while Martin shot the couple.
Martin and Bayliss were each convicted of two counts of second-degree murder on Sept. 27.
Hannibal had two children, ages 4 and 5 at the time of the attack.
Correction: The initial report inaccurately described the number of weapons involved, and who fired a weapon. It has since been corrected.