Austin man sentenced to prison time on felony aiding and abetting murder charge in Mower County District Court

An Austin man involved in a fatal shooting at a residence in northeast Austin early on the morning of June 5th, 2021 has been sentenced to prison time in Mower County District Court.  

21-year old Keith Lavandas Forrest was convicted and sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty on May 4th, 2022 to a felony charge of aiding and abetting 2nd degree murder, without intent, while committing a felony.   

Austin Police reported that Forrest was involved in the fatal shooting of 45-year old David Harris at a residence in the 100 block of 12th Street NE early on the morning of June 5, 2021.  Court documents state Forrest drove 19-year old Miguel Nunez Jr. of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to the residence to purchase some marijuana.  Authorities stated that it turned into a drug robbery where Nunez shot and killed Harris.  After the shooting occurred, court documents state that Forrest then drove off with Nunez and transported him to Sioux Falls.

Nunez was arrested in Sioux Falls on July 15, 2021, while Forrest was taken into custody on September 15, 2021. Nunez was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison on October 27th, 2022 after pleading guilty on July 6th, 2022 to a charge of 2nd degree murder, without intent, while committing a felony.