Kettering teen sentenced in shooting death of high school student

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Kylen Gregory sentenced to 11 years

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Kettering teen was sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison for his connection with the shooting death of Ronnie Bowers in 2016.

On the evening of Sunday, September 4, 2016, 16-year-old Ronnie Bowers, of Kettering, was at Alter Fest with some friends, one of which had an on-going dispute with some other teens, including 19-year-old Kylen Gregory.

The two groups of teens encountered each other at the event and words were exchanged.

Bowers and his friends were trying to leave in a vehicle when Gregory and his friends pulled up in their own vehicle, got out, and started pounding on the victim’s car, asking for a fistfight.

When the car pulled away, Gregory pulled out a handgun and fired it at the back of the car

The bullet went through the back window and struck Bowers in the back of the head. He died from his injuries two days later.

On July 20, 2017, a juvenile court judge granted a motion for Gregory to be tried as an adult. On August 8, 2017, he was indicted on two counts of murder, five counts of felonious assault, and one count of discharge of a firearm on or near a prohibited premises.

On November 13, 2018, after a trial, a jury found him guilty on two counts of reckless homicide and one count of discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the other counts.

On April 23, 2019, he entered a guilty plea to five counts of felonious assault.

Thursday, he was sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison.

The sentence will be stayed and Gregory will receive a second amenability hearing in juvenile court. If the juvenile court judge finds him amenable to treatment in the juvenile system, he will be sentenced in juvenile court and the adult sentence will be dismissed.

If the juvenile court judge finds him not amenable to treatment, the adult sentence will be imposed.

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