DENNIS BROOKS

A Pacific man was given a 25-year prison sentence Thursday in the double-homicide of a man and woman following an argument in 2014.

Brooks pleaded guilty in August 2016 under an agreement that he would serve two 25-year concurrent prison sentences for second-degree murder charges in the deaths of Malinda A. Rash, 43, Pacific, and Carl Redmon, 50.

Brooks originally was charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and first-degree burglary in connection with the murders, which occurred Nov. 16, 2014.

He was sentenced in front of 23rd Circuit Court Judge Troy Cardona, Jefferson County, who was assigned the case April 26 by the Supreme Court.

Under the plea agreement, Brooks must serve 85 percent of the 25 years before he will be eligible for parole. He also will be granted credit for time already served in the county jail.

Authorities arrested Brooks in the case about 12 hours after the murder was reported to police shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.

Brooks confessed to police that he killed Redmon and Rash with a 12-gauge shotgun. Brooks, who authorities said was in an on-again, off-again relationship with Rash, left Rash’s apartment following an argument and returned a short time later with the loaded shotgun, according to reports. Police later recovered the gun.

Brooks told police that after Rash ordered him to leave her apartment, he became increasingly angry over the argument.

Brooks said he grabbed his 12-gauge shotgun and began to walk from his home back to Rash’s apartment. During the walk he loaded three rounds of ammunition into the shotgun, according to police.

After arriving back at the apartment, Brooks allegedly forced his way inside, then fired two shots, killing both Redmon and Rash.

Statements

During Thursday’s sentencing hearing, Sharon Brown, the sister of Rash, described the murders as selfish and arrogant.

“It’s been a long time coming,” she said. “The saddest thing of all, the drugs, the alcohol and the arrogance took my sister.

“You took my mom’s daughter, my brothers and sister’s sister. . . my sister,” Brown added. “You took a mother and a grandmother.

“Her 13-year-old daughter has to grow up without a mother.”

Brown commented that she “never believed” Brooks would kill Rash.

“I’ll never forgive you,” Brown said. “I’ll be waiting patiently for the day they plant you in the dirt and then I will come see you.

“You took her away,” she said, “for what we will never understand.”

Carla Graham, the sister of Redmon, told the court her life changed when she learned of her brother’s death.

“Suddenly all I had were memories,” she said. “When I got news that he was killed, all of the breath in my body left.

“For his children I can’t imagine how that felt,” Graham added.

“Three years later and we managed to be all right,” she stated. “It is not the same, but all right — that’s how Bubba would have wanted it.”

She commented that the money used to house and feed Brooks would have been better used for Redmon’s children.

“There have been graduations without a parent and someday there will be weddings as well,” Graham said.

Graham added that Redmon had just, “10 minutes to know his destiny and (Brooks) has years to think about his.”

Judge Comments

In January, 20th Circuit Presiding Judge Gael Wood recused himself from the 2014 murder case. After being given the option to request a new judge, or to withdraw the plea, the defendant requested a new judge.

The case was assigned to Division 2 Circuit Judge Ike Lamke Jan. 11, who recused himself April 4, then Judge Cardona was appointed by the Supreme Court.

“Frankly, you are going to die in prison,” Judge Cardona told Brooks, adding that he will be in his late 80s before he is eligible for parole.

In response to the sentencing assessment report, Judge Cardona said, “You were a model prisoner, well who cares?”

“Cases are a lot harder to try than people understand,” he added. “You pleading guilty is probably the only good thing I can think of in this case.

“When you do things like you did — I am sure drugs and alcohol — those who are left know that terrible things can happen,” Judge Cardona commented. “You will have to try to rectify yourself with our Maker.”