A man suspected of killing 19-year-old Jalen Little on Oak Tree Drive in March 2017 has been found guilty of murder, according to a news release from the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office.
A Hamilton County Criminal Court Jury unanimously returned guilty verdicts against Jacob Coyne, now 24, on Friday for first degree premeditated murder, felony murder, and especially aggravated robbery.
Executive Assistant District Attorney Cameron Williams and Assistant District Attorney Andrew Coyle presented evidence to show that Coyne was guilty.
Judge Tom Greenholtz sentenced Coyne to life in prison, which will be served concurrently on both murder charges. Coyne will be eligible for parole in 51 years.
Little managed to give police a tip before he died from gunshot wounds that initially pointed authorities toward Zachary Chadwick. Chadwick and witnesses then told police Coyne pulled the trigger.
Coyne, then 21, was found and arrested on March 14, 2017, after being put on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Top 10 Most Wanted list the day before.
The affidavit and Chadwick's statements to police showed a dispute over drugs and money escalated quickly and eventually ended with the shooting.
Coyne's sentencing for the robbery charge has been set for April 23, 2020.