Additional charges brought in Engen-Lezine murder case
By Joe Bachman
STEVENS POINT — Charges have been brought against 23-year-old Deion Jones in connection with the March 2016 incident which led to the death of 21-year-old Deonta Lezine.
Lezine’s shooter, 32-year-old Kyle Engen, was sentenced to 18 years in prison last week. However, authorities will now bring charges against Lezine’s friend, Jones, who is being charged with felony U murder, and armed robbery.
Jones, who is a former First Team All-WIAC and former stand-out cornerback at UWSP, was allegedly involved in the plan with Lezine to steal $7,200 worth of marijuana from Engen during the sale which led to Lezine’s eventual death. After getting into the vehicle with Lezine, Engen escaped the car after a physical altercation, and then fired several shots into the car in the process, eventually claiming the life of Lezine.
If convicted, Joned faces up to 15 years imprisonment. His initial appearance is slated for July 16.