Prison Sentence Handed Down for Teen in Brutal Carjacking Case

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DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines teenager was sentenced to prison Monday for his role in a brutal carjacking.

Eighteen-year-old Kenneth Barry was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He will serve seven years before becoming eligible for parole. He pleaded guilty to second degree robbery and conspiracy to commit forcible felony.

Police say Barry, along with Terrance Cheeks and Leshaun Murray, pulled Mike Wasike out of his car last year and severely beat him.

Wasike suffered permanent brain damage and is receiving care in an Oklahoma facility. His wife, Joan Namachemo, gave a powerful victim impact statement during the hearing. She says Barry and his friends ruined her family’s lives and took away their future.

Namachemo says in recent conversations with Wasike’s doctors, they told her he has likely reached his maximum for recovery and won’t get any better. He can’t talk, can’t stand on his own, and is being nourished through a feeding tube. Because of his brain injuries, Wasike has been grinding his teeth and Namachemo says she had to give consent to have all of his teeth pulled because doctors say he has broken them all.

During the sentencing hearing, the judge praised Barry for testifying against the other defendants and getting his high school diploma while being held in juvenile detention. The judge says he thinks with work, Barry can become a productive member of society when he is released.

Murray entered a plea deal and will be sentenced July 25th. Cheeks was found guilty and  was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

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