A 32-year-old Chattanooga man was sentenced to one year in prison and three years probation for the shooting death of another man at a local Kanku’s gas station in 2010.
This morning, Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern sentenced Jamaal Byrd for the Feb. 27, 2010, shooting death of Terrance Etchison, 27.
Jurors found Byrd guilty of voluntary manslaughter following a July trial. The charge carries a three to six year sentence.
Prosecutors charged Byrd with first-degree murder. Video footage from the gas station at Tunnel and Wilcox boulevard showed the pair confront each other in the parking lot and Byrd shoot Etchison.
Byrd testified in today’s hearing that Etchison had threatend him at least five times while at the gas station and his then-4-year-old daughter was sleeping in the backseat of his car.
For more see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.
Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...