Young greatness: Man convicted of killing the rapper

Young Greatness‘ murder case has received its second verdict as the man accused of orchestrating his fatal shooting was found guilty of second-degree murder.

According to the New Orleans CBS affiliate WWLa jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict for Donald Reaux Thursday night (Jan. 19), nearly four years to the date since Reaux’s arrest. He was initially arrested on January 16, 2019 and charged with accessory to second-degree murder, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Authorities later revealed their theory that the 42-year-old had recruited a pair of teenagers to carry out the armed robbery that left Young Greatness (born Theodore Jones) dead at age 34 while visiting his hometown of New Orleans for a funeral.

The other two men involved, Donny Maxwell and Lovance Wix pleaded guilty to armed robbery, obstruction of justice and two counts of conspiracy in 2019; with an additional charge of manslaughter for Maxwell. According to Nola.com, Wix, who was 16 at the time of Greatness’ death, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Maxwell, who was 19, is still awaiting sentencing.

Both men testified against Donald Reaux at his trial.

“This case is emblematic of the crisis plaguing the streets of New Orleans, specifically adults who use this city’s children to commit crimes for them,” Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Williams said at a news conference after the sentencing was announced. “If somebody tries to encourage you to, as they said in this case, ‘hit a candy, commit this crime for me because you don’t want to’ face the same consequences,’ number one you will face the consequences, number two we coming after you.”

He continued: “If you use our children, you will pay dearly like Mr. Reaux and spend the rest of your life in Angola in a pine box, if you get a child to commit your crime, we will come after you.”

During the same press conference, Young Greatness’ mother Jeannine Rose urged other parents to do their best to keep their children away from violence.

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“Please have your children, have your babies, because the slow trip to the sad tune I had to take is not a trip you want to take. Have your children, take hold of your children, for everything , what I have are memories and a grave you don’t want,” she said. “I don’t feel good standing here. No one in a million years could tell me that I would be standing here at a press conference for my son. Come on, you all have to do better. You can’t keep putting everything off on someone else. You have all carried these children for nine months, get them before you carry them beyond the grave like me. I say have your children.

“They don’t even realize what they took, they didn’t just take him from me and my family, they took him from society,” Jeannine Rose later said in a statement to WWL, “they took him from children, from his children, they took him from other people’s children, he helped along the way. You don’t even know what you did, you have no idea what you did. You took someone who would have kicked you off your feet because he wasn’t selfish. You didn’t have to do that to a kind, loving soul,” says Rose.

Donald Reaux’s sentencing is set for February 8, where he will receive a mandatory life sentence for his involvement in Young Greatness’ death.

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