St. Louis County man gets 10-year term for fatally shooting suspect in sister’s killing

ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis County man who admitted killing his sister’s suspected killer last year was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison.

Jacorren Riley, 26, reached an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter in the June 22, 2023, shooting death of Levi Henning.

Henning, 21, previously had been charged with murdering Riley’s 18-year-old sister, Carieal Doss, on April 14, 2020. Henning was released after prosecutors dismissed Henning’s case last year.

Riley’s case had been set for trial next week on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action before Circuit Judge Annette Llewellyn.

According to court documents, Henning was fatally shot in the 5600 block of Bartner Avenue while on his way to court for an unrelated robbery charge.

The shooter was seen on surveillance walking up to Henning, shooting him and fleeing in a car rented by Riley’s girlfriend, charges said. Police said cellphone records, surveillance and license plate reader results linked Riley to the killing and that Riley had told detectives he drove the Audi that day.

On Friday, Llewellyn asked Riley to explain his actions.

“He killed my sister,” Riley said in court. “I felt she needed to receive justice.”

The judge then asked him if it was worth going to prison.

“No, if I could take all back, I would,” Riley said.

On Friday, an assistant circuit attorney said in court that Henning’s father has no animosity toward Riley and understands that both families have suffered “great pain.”

Riley’s case number is 2322-CR01567-01.