An 18-year-old who accidentally shot his friend while the two teens and a third friend looked for someone to rob in Boynton Beach, recently arrived at a Florida prison to begin serving a 15-year sentence.
Joshua Corker was set to stand trial last month on charges of third-degree murder, grand theft auto and trespassing charges for his actions on the August 2011 morning that ended with the death of his 15-year-old friend Gian Davis. According to the arrest report, Davis died from a gunshot wound to the back when the gun Corker was playing with went off.
Corker, then 16, and a third boy, then 14-year-old Keyan Bryce Jahoda, initially told police they were the victims of a failed robbery. But after hours of questioning, they admitted that they had stolen a BMW from Coconut Creek and pulled into the Heron Pointe Apartments near Boynton Beach looking to “do a lick” — street slang for committing a robbery.
As a result of Davis’ death, Corker and Jahoda were charged with murder, and prosecutors quickly announced that they would face trial in adult court. A jury had already been sworn in to hear evidence in Corker’s trial when prosecutors and defense attorneys reached a plea deal of 15 years in prison on a manslaughter charge.
Circuit Judge Charles Burton also sentenced Corker to five years in prison on the grand theft and trespassing charges, but allowed him to serve the sentences together. According to the Florida Department of Corrections, Corker will not be released until July 2027. By then, he will be 33 years old.
Shortly before he was sent to the Desoto Annex medium security prison in Arcadia two weeks ago, Corker wrote a request to Burton asking for a reduction in his sentence.
“I wish I could change what happened that day,” Corker wrote. “Unfortunately I can’t change what happened. Accidents happen, but I understand that when someone’s life is lost there are consequences.”
Burton denied the request for a reduced sentence.
Jahoda, in April, had accepted a plea agreement in which pleaded guilty to third-degree murder charges in exchange for a 10-year prison sentence.
The pleas ended the case surrounding the death of Davis, who although he had been arrested on a robbery charge in 2008 was described by friends and family as a good kid looking forward to his future. He had attended Odyssey Middle School and Boynton Beach High School before moving to Broward County with his mother about two months before his death, according to court documents.