WalMart Shooting Co-Defendant Gets 51 Year Sentence
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#1 Jun 9, 2010
Co-defendant in Rogersville sniper shooting pleads guilty, receives 51-year sentence
By Kacie Breeding
Published June 7th, 2010 | Added June 7th, 2010 4:55 pm | 0 Comments
For his role in a fatal sniper shooting at a Rogersville Wal-Mart, a Rogersville man has pleaded guilty to facilitation of first-degree murder.
According to Rogersville Assistant Attorney General Doug Godbee, Travis Lee Goins, 23, pleaded guilty to the Class A felony on Friday, in exchange for a 51-year prison sentence, of which he must serve 45 percent before being considered for an early release.
On Dec. 9, 2008 Jackson B. Sellers, 18, a newcomer to Rogersville originally from Ohio, was hanging out with a group of young people in the Rogersville Wal-Mart parking lot on Route 66 when he was killed by a shot to the head from a .22-caliber weapon.
The shooter, Ronald Eugene Brewer Jr., 21, was convicted in February of first-degree murder, felony murder - a separate charge for a murder committed during the commission of another felony - and attempted first-degree murder related to his intended target.
Following his arrest, Brewer allegedly told police that he had aimed at an individual who’d been in a dispute with Goins about unpaid restitution for a wrecked car belonging to Goins’ father.
On Monday, Godbee said Goins had been talking with Brewer in the parking lot prior to the shooting, that he went with Brewer to get a gun and drove the car to the car wash where Brewer fired the shot that fatally injured Sellers.
The victim's family had agreed to recommend the sentence Goins was given, said Godbee.
"Everything considered, they're glad that they're able to get some closure," he concluded, adding that Sellers' parents gave brief victim impact statements at the sentencing hearing.
Staff writer Jeff Bobo contributed to this report.
#2 Jun 9, 2010
Buh-bye, Buttmunch ! How's the "Gangsta" thing goin' for ya now, tuff guy ?!? See ya in 25 or so...NOT !!
#3 Jan 13, 2014
thought it was gang related
#4 Jan 13, 2014
Gang Related really??? Omg in Rogersville?? Are you serious...No some stupid young boy who thinks he's a thug can't aim and shot the wrong guy....Guarantee he was doped up on meth...Their target was Hinkle over a car....That's what Happen...Gang Related that's funny
#5 Jan 15, 2014
Travis actually wasnt bad person. Eugene on the otherhand yeah. But travis woulda never done that himself.
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