Ian Brenner
Ian Brenner

Alleged "212s" gang enforcer Ian C. Brenner has spent nearly nine years in prison for murdering an innocent bystander during a gang-related shooting.

On Friday, a jury determined he must spend the rest of his life in state prison for his crime.

Jurors convicted Brenner, 33, formerly of York City, of first-degree murder in the Oct. 19, 2005, shooting death of Anna Marie Witter.

They also found him guilty of the attempted homicide of Jeffrey "Supreme" Mable -- who police said was Brenner's intended target -- and guilty of counts of aggravated assault for two men who were shot but survived.

Sentencing is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 17, but it is just a formality. In Pennsylvania, people convicted of first-degree murder receive an automatic life sentence without the possibility of parole.

A different jury in 2006 also determined Brenner was guilty of first-degree murder, and he was sent to prison for life.

But Brenner won a new trial in May 2013 after his appeal convinced the state Superior Court that his trial attorney was ineffective for failing to call character witnesses on Brenner's behalf.

He was represented at this week;s retrial by Harrisburg-based attorney Joseph Sembrot.

The case: Witter was killed when she was struck in the left breast by an errant bullet as she sat talking with a friend in the 100 block of South Duke Street. Two others, Alfonzo King Sr. and Anthony Zawadzinski, were hit but survived.

Police have said all three were innocent victims and that Brenner was trying to shoot Mable.


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According to police and witness testimony, Mable allegedly shot Brenner 10 days prior to Witter's homicide.

Police said Brenner -- who did not cooperate with police trying to investigate his shooting -- was retaliating with street justice. No charges were ever filed in the shooting of Brenner.

Key witnesses: Daniek Burns was 17 when he testified in Brenner's 2006 trial and identified Brenner as the gunman. He subsequently died, but his testimony from the first trial was read aloud to jurors during the retrial.

Also testifying was Apollonia Snyder, who at the time was a member of York City's "212s" crew.

Snyder testified at the 2006 trial that she and Brenner were driving around a few days before the murder and she heard him tell someone on his cellular phone that when he saw Mable, he intended to "pop" him.

At the time, he had a gun on his lap, she said.

Police have said Brenner was a member of the "212s," and acted as an enforcer for the neighborhood gang.

-- Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.