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Woman killed at Carmichael party was shot with assault rifle, prosecutor says

Joslynn Sovenski
Joslynn Sovenski

A Sacramento County prosecutor Thursday alleged that Kenyatta Makhia Brown accidentally killed 18-year-old Joslynn Sovenski with a shot from an assault rifle at a Carmichael party last weekend, then fled with another firearm ahead of authorities as the girl lay dying.

Rod Norgaard, assistant chief deputy district attorney, laid out the scenario Thursday afternoon at Brown’s bail hearing. Brown, 22, had been held without bail since his arrest Sunday on suspicion of felony involuntary manslaughter in Sovenski’s killing at a Carmichael apartment complex.

Sacramento County sheriff’s investigators say Brown mishandled the weapon, discharging the round that struck Sovenski in the chest and killed her. Brown was arraigned Tuesday on the allegation.

Norgaard said Thursday that Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies recovered an assault rifle following the shooting early Saturday. He said investigators believe Brown “escaped with another firearm with an extended magazine,” leaving a mortally wounded Sovenski as Brown’s brother performed CPR in a futile attempt to save her life.

Investigators continue to search for a second weapon, Norgaard said at the hearing.

Sovenski, of El Dorado Hills, was a recent Ponderosa High School graduate who planned to enlist in the Air Force. She and Brown did not know each other but were at the party through mutual acquaintances.

Defense attorney Russell Miller argued for bail for Brown, saying the lifelong Sacramento resident has no criminal record, has numerous family and friends in the area, and has cooperated with authorities.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman set Brown’s bail at $100,000 and ordered him to return to court Oct. 15.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith

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