PENSACOLA, Fla. – Keith Agee, 20, has been sentenced to life in prison. Agee was convicted of first-degree murder for the shooting death of Brooklyn Sims, the mother of his child. Prosecutors revealed that Agee committed the crime under the false belief that Sims had given him a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Court documents confirmed the conviction. Agee was found not guilty on a charge of aggravated battery related to injuries sustained by two other individuals at the scene.
The tragic incident took place on August 11 while Sims was working at a Home Depot in Pensacola. Agee was arrested on the same day, while his mother, Sheila Agee, 50, was apprehended in Washington County, Alabama, days later and charged with murder for allegedly assisting her son in planning the crime. Authorities allege that Sheila, who also worked at the Home Depot, texted Keith the store’s address on the day of the shooting.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office released a text message exchange between Sheila and Keith, where she allegedly wrote, “As long as you don’t shoot me.” Sheriff Chip W. Simmons of Escambia County expressed disbelief at Keith’s actions and his mother’s alleged involvement, stating, “The murder itself is unbelievable.” However, what shocked Simmons the most was “to know the mother knew about it and helped coordinate it. It is incomprehensible.”
During Keith’s trial, it was revealed that his motive for killing Sims was based on the mistaken belief that she had given him an STD. Interestingly, after the verdict was read, the state provided evidence proving Sims did not have the disease. Assistant State Attorney Bridgette Jensen emphasized in court, “I know in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t matter, but we just wanted to give Miss Sims a little bit of dignity.”
In a statement made in court, Sims’s mother expressed that she doesn’t hate Keith but cannot forgive him. She highlighted the immense impact of the tragedy on their family, mentioning that she is now raising their daughter, Casey, who lost both her parents and grandmother on that fateful day. Tiyanna Thomas, a friend of Sims, also spoke in court, expressing her grief and stating, “Every morning when I wake up, Brooklyn crosses my mind, and I cry because she didn’t deserve what happened to her.”
Sheila Agee, who has pleaded not guilty, is still awaiting her trial on charges of first-degree murder.