published Monday, May 16th, 2011

Montez Davis gets 21-year sentence in Chattanooga Kanku’s shooting death

With tears running down his face, Montez Davis, 20, is consoled by his attorney, Curtis L. Bowe III, as he listens to his guilty verdict Friday in Judge Barry Steelman's courtroom. Davis was convicted of second-degree murder, and two other charges.
Staff Photo by Tim  Barber/Chattanooga Times Free Press
With tears running down his face, Montez Davis, 20, is consoled by his attorney, Curtis L. Bowe III, as he listens to his guilty verdict Friday in Judge Barry Steelman's courtroom. Davis was convicted of second-degree murder, and two other charges. Staff Photo by Tim Barber/Chattanooga Times Free Press

Montez Davis, convicted of second-degree murder for firing into a crowd at the Kanku’s on Wilcox Boulevard and killing Jonathan Lawrence, was sentenced today to 21 years for the crime.

He faced a maximum of 25 years.

Davis was sentenced in Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman’s courtroom.

Read more in tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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ibshame said...

No, it's not "great news" when a young person like this has made a horrendous mistake in his life. He should never have had a gun to fire into a crowd in the first place but even at that there were extenuating circumstances based on the testimony given at his sentencing hearing. The circumstances certainly don't in any way excuse or diminish the act but they are certainly worth more consideration than was given to this young man by Judge Steelman. I have no doubt any bullying experienced by this young man in high school will pale to the bullying he will experience over the next 21 years in jail with far more ruthless bullies. By the same token Jeremy Lane will not have to endure his sentence for 21 years even though he used a car instead of a gun to kill someone, left the scene and then lied to the police about his involvment. How is justice served by the 7 year sentence he was given?

May 17, 2011 at 11:08 a.m.
ctfpfan08 said...

ibshame, I totally agree. Although I don't believe Montez should walk free, the thought of this 21 year sentence makes me so sad. Society let this young man down and now he will pay a heavy price. Jeremy Lane basically did the same thing and he will be back to his life in 7 short years, or less. Justice was not blind this time.

May 17, 2011 at 5:03 p.m.
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