Keyon Caldwell Sentenced to 15 Years in PCP Killing

Keyon Caldwell was sentenced to 15 years in prison and five years of supervised release on Sept. 21 for what prosecutors say was a PCP-fueled killing.

Prosecutors say Caldwell killed Draynell Henderson on April 11 at Henderson’s home at 662 24th St N.E. A witness told officers that Caldwell was inside Henderson’s apartment and the two men, who were longtime friends, decided to smoke PCP together.

The witness was in a bedroom and heard gunshots from the living room. When the witness opened the door to the living room 15 minutes later, prosecutors say, Henderson was lying on the living room floor in a pool of blood, gasping for breath.

Caldwell was on the ground next to him clutching a handgun, according to prosecutors. Henderson was pronounced dead later that evening.

Officers thought the men looked like they had been using PCP, according to court documents.

Caldwell pled guilty April 30 to the charge of voluntary manslaughter while armed. He had been arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder.

I”m not denying anything,” he said in court.

Prosecutors had requested 17 years, followed by five years of supervised release. Caldwell’s attorney, Jason Downs, had asked Judge Thomas Motley for an 11.5 year sentence.

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