Jeffrey Lamont Sims Jr. Thursday pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the August 2014 killing of Ervaeua Herring, fatally shot in her apartment stemming from a gang feud.
Sims, 29, is expected to face six years and three months in prison when he’s sentenced in October. He entered his plea before Multnomah County Circuit Judge Gregory F. Silver.
Sims is one of three defendants in the case who were set to go to trial in August.
“This resolution does not involve him cooperating against anyone else,’’ said his lawyer, Kevin Sali.
Herring, who was pregnant, was shot twice in the head and killed by a barrage of bullets fired from at least six different guns through the sliding back door of her Eastwood Village Apartment on Southeast Powell Boulevard on Aug. 17, 2014, according to police and prosecutors.
The shooting stemmed fight a feud between the Woodlawn Park Bloods and Hoover gang, following the wounding earlier that night in downtown Portland and pistol-whipping of two Hoover gang members, according to court papers.
After the downtown violence, Hoover gang members are accused of shooting up Herring’s apartment in retaliation. Herring, 21, was not in a gang but was associated with gang members, police have said.
Sims’ lawyer had argued in pretrial motions that a Portland police detective obtained search warrants in the case based on affidavits that misrepresented information and contained important omissions.
The detective’s affidavits cited a witness who implicated Sims in the murder, but failed to acknowledge that the witness provided conflicting information over the course of multiple police interviews, and at first, didn’t identify Sims as involved, according to court records.
Three other defendants already have entered pleas in the case. Latasha Lynn Davis, 25, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder. Tony Lamar Brown, 31, has pleaded guilty to murder, first-degree burglary and unlawful use of a weapon. Geontae Brauchard Jones, 26 , pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter with a firearm.
Another defendant, Demetruis Ray Brown, accused of aggravated murder in the case, was declared unfit to proceed to proceed to trial by a judge in 2018. Another hearing on his fitness is scheduled for next week.
Two others, Kelani Brown, 27, and DeAnthony Simmons, 25 await an Aug. 12 trial.
— Maxine Bernstein
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