Man found guilty in fatal Main Street shooting

A four-man, eight-woman jury convicted 25-year-old Racine, Wisconsin resident Christopher Brown of second-degree reckless homicide and second-degree recklessly endangering safety. After deliberating for almost eight and a half hours on May 18 and 19, the decision was handed to Racine County Circuit Judge Michael Piontek.

The verdict concerned the March 29, 2014 shooting death of 21-year-old Kenosha resident Dulonden Ratliff, which occurred on the 300 block of Main Street in Racine. Ratliff’s sister, Kenosha resident Stasha Vargas, felt that the verdict was too lenient and said “I wish he would have gotten life for life.” Ratliff’s father, Kenosha resident Lawrence Ratliff, said Brown should have been found guilty of first-degree offenses, which have stiffer penalties and jail times. Ratliff is survived by his now two-year-old son, Dulonden Ratliff Jr., who was just four months old at the time of the shooting.

The attorneys at Kohler Hart Powell, SC see too many children of Wisconsin left without parents as a result of gun crimes. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim as court proceedings continue.