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Houston woman convicted of killing Chinese citizen sentenced to 50 years

January 23, 2020 

A Houston woman was sentenced to 50 years in prison for fatally shooting Meng Bo, a 30-year-old Chinese national during a 2016 robbery, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Thursday.

Kenia Lashan Wilkins, 23, was sentenced Wednesday after being convicted of felony murder in a four-day jury trial last week.

“We have made it a priority to aggressively prosecute defendants who use a gun to rob and kill,” Ogg said. “Gun violence is a scourge, and we will work in court and with the community to curb it.” 

Felony murder is the crime of causing a death while committing a felony, which in this case was a purse snatching that ended with a gun shot.

Witnesses at an apartment complex told Houston Police they heard a gunshot about 11:10 p.m. on December 26, 2016. The witnesses found Ms. Bo, who worked in human resources in Houston for PetroChina International (America) Inc.

One called 911. Another, who was an active duty Navy sailor home on leave, began CPR and another witness assisted. Houston Fire Department paramedics arrived a short time later and pronounced Bo dead.

Witnesses at the apartment complex saw a dark-colored sedan race away from the crime scene.  That vehicle was linked to the killing after authorities learned that it had been used earlier that day in another purse snatching.

Houston Police Department investigators identified Wilkins as the suspect and she was arrested two weeks later.

Assistant District Attorney Stephen Driver, who prosecuted the case with ADA Ryan Trask, said the case was a terrible and senseless act of gun violence.

“Kenia Wilkens was a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” Driver said. “She is young, diminutive and unassuming, but hidden behind that camouflage was a violent predator who took a beautiful life far too soon.”