Shop owner jailed 10 year in self-defence shootings

Shop owner jailed 10 year in self-defence shootings
Published: 2013 December 08 07:42:42 (9133 Views)
A shop owner from Wilmington, US, who shot to death a 15-year-old and wounded an 11-year-old who had broken into his business, was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison.

While the prosecutor conceded that Lee A. Turner had a viable claim of self-defence, she charged Turner acted recklessly when he fatally shot 15-year-old Naj'm Hickmond and wounded another boy on June 17, 2012, at Turner's store at 1510 W. Fourth Street.

Deputy Attorney General Ipek Medford told the court that not only did the 29-year-old Turner not call police after the incident, he stepped over Hickmond's bleeding body to flee the scene and initially lied to officers when he was questioned about the shooting.

Turner, who had a criminal record, was prohibited from having a firearm at the time.

Under the terms of Turner's plea deal, prosecutors asked for seven years in prison but Superior Court Judge William C. Carpenter Jr. gave Turner three years above the state's recommendation.

Carpenter said he normally would have given Turner an even longer sentence but said the circumstances of the case and Turner's background called for some leniency.



Turner, who admitted to manslaughter and a weapons charge in September, faced up to 50 years behind bars.

"Mr. Turner, this is a hard case," Carpenter said from the bench. "You are someone we would hold up as an example of someone who did it all wrong and turned it all around and did it the right way," Carpenter said. "And in a split second you turned it all back."

Carpenter told Turner he can understand the frustration at being burglarised and then being surprised by those same burglars in his shop, "but it still doesn't justify what you did."

According to police and prosecutors, Turner co-owned two clothing stores, called Fly 365, with one in Wilmington and one in Dover.

The Wilmington location, which had been closed for several weeks, had been burglarised repeatedly including on the morning of June 17, 2012.

Turner was in the ransacked store, cleaning up from the earlier burglary when a group of people that defence attorney Michael Heyden said burglarised the store earlier returned to take more, coming in through the back entrance.



Source - DO

Tags: shooting, burglary,
 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

| Comment With Facebook Submit

There are no comments.

News Big Reads

Bird Box finally unveils unknown monsters

by Metro | 2019 January 06 00:20:32 | 9946 Views

Man in critical condition after 'blowing himself up while trying to raid ATM'

by June Mpofu | 2018 December 11 19:39:39 | 19386 Views

Murder suspect pretending to be mute loses voice from underuse

by June Mpofu | 2018 December 11 19:39:46 | 15561 Views

Harrods accidentally sold £1,000 bags for less than £10

by June Mpofu | 2017 December 16 15:42:54 | 15321 Views

Rapper 'whips out' manhood on Instagram

by June Mpofu | 2017 October 31 08:36:03 | 17173 Views

Woman raped in the street as people walk past

by June Mpofu | 2017 October 27 22:04:42 | 17670 Views

Student who inhaled 360 laughing gas canisters in a week may never walk again

by June Mpofu | 2017 October 20 08:05:52 | 17729 Views

Poet tweets that she was raped by SA musician

by Hope Freedom | 2017 October 07 23:02:51 | 18102 Views

Dog bites off chunk of woman's face

by June Mpofu | 2017 September 23 09:04:56 | 17118 Views

Man jailed after tricking children into abusing young relatives

by Prince Cox | 2017 September 06 08:00:14 | 18589 Views

'I gave lift to a ghost' says taxi driver

by June Mpofu | 2017 September 04 18:39:39 | 33614 Views

Son 'stabbed mum to death and ate her heart with a side of chutney'

by June Mpofu | 2017 September 01 20:10:25 | 18765 Views

'Cannibal tired of eating human flesh' hands himself in

by June Mpofu | 2017 August 24 07:59:37 | 17077 Views

Man cut off pregnant girlfriend's nipples with a pair of scissors

by June Mpofu | 2017 August 20 10:24:38 | 18731 Views

Pregnant woman murdered in 'satanic ritual'

by June Mpofu | 2017 August 20 01:27:16 | 19577 Views

No diplomatic immunity for Grace Mugabe after 'splitting open model's head'

by Hope Freedom | 2017 August 15 08:30:38 | 22608 Views

8-year-old dies after cousin dares her to drink boiling water through straw

by June Mpofu | 2017 August 05 10:10:31 | 19306 Views

Girl, 14, was raped twice in one night by different men

by June Mpofu | 2017 July 29 17:06:36 | 18818 Views

Girl, 10, told she can't have abortion after being raped by uncle

by Hope Freedom | 2017 July 22 16:54:59 | 19205 Views

Obsessive woman chases police car helping boyfriend escape her

by June Mpofu | 2017 July 15 21:27:10 | 15571 Views

Man hijacked while peeing

by June Mpofu | 2017 July 08 10:46:55 | 22347 Views

Disabled woman tied to tractor and beaten to death by mob

by Hope Freedom | 2017 July 03 23:10:47 | 23468 Views

Man spends 5 years renovating boat, it sinks as soon as it goes on water

by June Mpofu | 2017 June 30 22:42:43 | 15705 Views

Woman paralysed after having sex

by June Mpofu | 2017 June 26 21:03:25 | 18447 Views

Woman cuts off boyfriend's privates 'after he refused to marry her'

by Prince Cox | 2017 June 24 20:36:31 | 22963 Views

Cancer patient charged with plotting to kill doctors

by June Mpofu | 2017 June 08 09:57:59 | 16687 Views

Former Premier League star dies after collapsing in training

by June Mpofu | 2017 June 05 18:08:44 | 23049 Views

Mugabe 'will decide who goes to heaven' says Zanu-PF youth leader

by June Mpofu | 2017 June 03 09:04:32 | 16842 Views

Daughter had sex with father to stop him from marrying fiancee

by June Mpofu | 2017 June 01 17:52:29 | 18145 Views

Man splits from wife who raped him as boy

by June Mpofu | 2017 May 31 11:53:24 | 20362 Views

Human head trial set to go ahead after delay

by June Mpofu | 2017 May 30 21:23:34 | 16600 Views

American girl, 11, forced to marry rapist

by June Mpofu | 2017 May 29 14:28:03 | 18623 Views

Fed up residents hold Mayor hostage

by June Mpofu | 2017 May 25 08:51:43 | 17723 Views

Homeless hero who pulled nails out of children's faces is given a home

by Prince Cox | 2017 May 24 20:11:55 | 18571 Views

Heartbroken wife dies after husband's mistress sent her indecent pictures

by Prince Cox | 2017 May 22 08:35:57 | 39043 Views

Father jailed after raping daughter for 20 years

by Hope Freedom | 2017 May 20 09:51:11 | 20441 Views

Driver miraculously unharmed after lorry completely crushes his BMW

by June Mpofu | 2017 May 20 09:59:37 | 16407 Views

Saddam Hussain arrested for pretending to be Osama Bin Laden

by June Mpofu | 2017 May 16 23:42:36 | 15951 Views

Student left with painful scars after tattoo removal goes wrong

by June Mpofu | 2017 May 15 20:45:37 | 19681 Views

Three people die of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo

by June Mpofu | 2017 May 12 15:31:35 | 16813 Views

'Shoplifter' bleeds to death after falling on 'stolen' bottles

by June Mpofu | 2017 May 09 21:49:08 | 20216 Views

82 Chibok schoolgirls freed by Boko Haram

by June Mpofu | 2017 May 07 09:19:48 | 37873 Views

Woman arrested after biting love rival's privates

by June Mpofu | 2017 May 06 19:03:59 | 16141 Views