Louisiana Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Killing Woman in Double Shooting

Louisiana Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Killing Woman in Double Shooting

A Louisiana man who broke into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and shot her and her neighbor as they were having dinner, killing the neighbor, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

“Our office takes all allegations of domestic violence so seriously because we see, far too often, that it escalates to murder,” Ogg said. “And, sometimes, like in this horribly unfair and tragic case, a completely innocent bystander loses their life.”

Kentrell Obrien Brumfield, 36, had moved to Houston from the north Louisiana town of Farmerville and had been in a dating relationship with a Houston woman. He was charged in June 2022 for robbing and choking her.

Less than a month later, he broke into her apartment in north Harris County at about 10 p.m. on June 29, 2022, as she was having dinner with her neighbor, 

Brittani Simmons, a 23-year-old mother of one.

Brumfield opened fire, shooting both of them. He killed Simmons and seriously injured his ex-girlfriend. Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene to find that Brumfield had fled.

He was arrested the next morning in Mississippi after leading law enforcement officers on a chase. As he finally pulled over, Brumfield began shooting at the police officers. Police were able to take him into custody and no one was injured.

A Harris County jury took just 16 minutes of deliberations to convict Brumfield of murder on Tuesday in the four-day trial. On Wednesday, a judge sentenced him to life in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Lara Hogue, who is a chief in the DA’s Trial Bureau, prosecuted the case with ADA John Hyde.

Hogue noted that Brumfield was a repeat offender who had previous convictions in Louisiana for domestic violence and a home invasion.

“This was such a senseless crime—neither of these women deserved to be shot—Brittani was just an innocent neighbor who was over for dinner,” Hogue said. “This was the right result because this defendant has shown that he is not just a danger to our community but to any community he is in.”