Kenyatta Makhia Brown was arraigned Tuesday in the accidental shooting death of an El Dorado Hills woman at a weekend party as a throng of Brown’s family and friends crowded a Sacramento jailhouse courtroom for the afternoon hearing.
The brief appearance was Brown’s first following the deadly shooting of 18-year-old Joslynn Sovenski early Saturday at a party in a Carmichael apartment complex.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman read the allegation – felony involuntary manslaughter – as Brown, 22, looked on from a courtroom cell at the Sacramento Main Jail, with his attorney Russell Miller by his side.
It is unknown who brought the gun, but Sacramento County sheriff’s investigators say Brown mishandled the weapon, discharging a round that struck Sovenski in the chest and killed her. Brown had no criminal record in Sacramento County, according to court records.
Brown’s aunt, Sabrina Briggs of Sacramento called the shooting a “horrible accident” and described Brown as outgoing in a previous Sacramento Bee interview. Brown’s relatives declined to speak with reporters Tuesday.
Older brother Danny Sovenski told The Bee he saw his sister and another girl in a video taken at the gathering posing with a gun an hour before the early-morning shooting.
Sovenski had recently graduated from Ponderosa High School, had just landed a job as a restaurant manager, bought a car and had plans to enlist in the Air Force, family and friends said. She and Brown did not know each other, but both were at the party through mutual acquaintances.
Brown, held without bail since his arrest Sunday, is to return to court Thursday for a bail review.