Marqueil Banks, the last of four juveniles to be sentenced for the murders of two brothers in Lakewood in 2020, was sentenced to life in prison. However, Banks could be released on parole in 40 years.
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That’s according to a sentencing announced by Jefferson County officials two months after Banks’ conviction by a county jury on counts of robbing and murdering Damian and Dillon Wikoff, aged 18 and 17, respectively.
In the case, Lakewood police said the Wikoff brothers arranged to sell a “ghost gun” on Aug. 23, 2020, made from a kit they bought online as well as trade for another gun. Police claimed that Banks was part of a group that plotted to rob the brothers and then shot and killed them.
One of the plotters, Michael Mendoza, pleaded guilty on Jan. 31, 2022, to aggravated robbery and manslaughter in the case. In April, Mendoza was sentenced to 20.5 years in prison.
Two other plotters, both aged 15, were sentenced in the Department of Youth Services: one for four years for murder in the first degree, the other for two years for conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.
Mendoza and Banks were juveniles at the time of the killings. Mendoza is now 20 years old and Banks is 18.
Banks’ sentencing on May 30 included:
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