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Saturday, July 22, 2017 1:00 am

2 brothers each get 15 years for slaying in robbery gone bad

FRANK GRAY | The Journal Gazette

Two brothers who admitted to killing a man during an apparent robbery attempt in July 2015 were sentenced to 15 years in prison each for voluntary manslaughter as part of a plea agreement.

The victim in that killing, Marvin Palmer III, was riding in a car when he asked the driver to stop so he could talk to Kamari Underwood. When Palmer approached him with money in his hand, Underwood pulled a gun. The two began fighting and two shots were fired. Then a second gunman, identified as Shakidi Underwood, came out of a nearby home and started shooting.

Palmer broke free and returned to his friend's car, but he later died.

Kamari Underwood was arrested shortly after the slaying, and Shakidi Underwood was arrested in Atlanta about five months later.

Schwhan Palmer, Palmer's sister, speaking at the sentencing hearing, said, “I came here hoping to see some remorse.” Instead, she said, the Underwoods were smiling and smirking in court.

“You tried to rob him,” and killed him, she said. “Have you no soul?”

She said she forgives the Underwoods, but she told them they can't take a life and get away with it.

Outside the courtroom she said she hopes the two get steered the right way. If they do something like that again, they won't get forgiven.

The two will have to serve three years' probation after their release.

Kamari Underwood was given credit for 686 days served and Shakidi was given credit for 619 days.