Posted on March 12, 2010

Brawl Erupts at Sentencing of Mom Who Gave Gun to Son

Joe Swickard, Detroit Free Press, March 11, 2010

A murderer and her supporters battled in a Detroit courtroom this morning as she was ordered to serve more than 22 years in prison for giving her teenage son a gun that he used to kill another teen at a recreation center.

Tarranisha Davis “basically just went ballistic,” said Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Ryan who presided over her trial with her son and co-defendant Tremain.

The woman “was punching yelling and screaming” as court security officers and Detroit policemen who were in the courtroom tried to control her, Ryan said.

“Then these other people jumped over the railing and start fighting, too,” Ryan said. “It spilled into the hallway.”


The uproar came as Ryan ordered Tarranisha Davis to serve 221/2–to-40 years for second degree murder and an additional two years for using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Her son Tremaine, 15, was ordered to serve 10-to-25 years for second degree murder plus another two years for use of a firearm. He will be in a juvenile facility until he is 21.

“I gave him that sentence because he has been respectful and remorseful since Day-One,” Ryan said. “His mother, though, has shown no remorse at all.”

The mother and son were charged in the fatal shooting of Dmitri Jackson, 19, at the Considine Little Rock Family Center in October.

Authorities charge that Tarranisha Davis supplied a gun to her son, who had fought with another youth but killed Jackson by shooting in a crowd of teenagers at the center.