In 2015, three men went on a shooting spree in Knoxville, Tennessee. They killed a 15-year-old football star while he was protecting another student. Now, a judge has sentenced these killers, and the penalty is shocking.
Christopher Drone Bassett, Richard Gregory Williams III, and Kipling Deshawn Colbert were convicted of a terrible crime. Back in 2015, they infiltrated a house party in Knoxville, Tennessee. Their motives were to get revenge for a shooting that occurred elsewhere. Even though there was no connection, they were intent on killing the house full of innocent teenagers.
These men approached the house and opened fire. Obviously, the party-goers were defenseless, sheep ready for slaughter. A group of girls was in the line of fire. That’s when Zaevion Dobson, a 15-year-old Fulton High School football player, jumped on top of the girls to shield them from the spray of bullets. His selfless act of heroism did indeed save them from danger — because he got the fatal bullet instead.
A single shot killed Zaevion, but he saved the other students. The killers tried to flee but were thankfully caught. After a lengthy trial that spanned nearly three years, the verdicts are in.
Since their guilty verdicts in December, a judge has most recently sentenced these men to a total of 300 years behind bars.
The murderers of a Tennessee teenager who lost his life heroically shielding a girl from gunfire have been sentenced to more than 300 years in prison, a report says…
Bassett received a life sentence and 35 years, Williams was handed a 143-year sentence, and Colbert was hit with a 109-year term. All three convicted killers are in their twenties and will spend the rest of their lives in prison for the 2015 shooting of 15-year-old local football star Zaevion Dobson…
At a press conference after the incident, Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch highlighted the young man’s heroism: “Zaevion Dobson, a 15-year-old Fulton High School student and football player, was struck and killed after he had jumped on top of three girls to shield them…to shield them from the shooters.”
Chief Rausch broke down in tears and could not finish his remarks. [Source: Breitbart]
It was a shocking and tragic event, one that was completely senseless. These killers didn’t know the victims at the party. Those students had nothing to do with the earlier shooting. The men just wanted to hurt someone. And, they certainly did. Zaevion’s family lost their son. He will never grow up to fulfill his dreams and aspirations. Yet, through this tragedy, he will always be remembered as a hero.
Thankfully, these criminals are facing the music for their reckless, evil violence.
In what Knoxville police called a “senseless act of violence,” the three now-convicted killers went off in search of a target after 46-year-old Lisa Perry was struck by random gunfire as she sat inside her home.
Perry’s son, Brandon, gathered up Bassett, Williams, and Colbert and went in search of someone to shoot in retaliation. They drove until they spotted the house party and decided to begin shooting people at random. After the shooting, the four fled the scene…
Lawyers for all three convicted killers said they would file motions for a new trial. The lawyers cited the relative youth of their clients and insisted there was not enough evidence to charge all of them with the same murder. The lawyers also disputed the state’s claims that the incident was a gang-related crime. [Source: Breitbart]
That’s a mere technicality. The court knows all three were responsible for the death of Zaevion. They all went out in search of victims. They all intended to hurt and kill strangers. The death of this young man is on their heads.
Despite this great tragedy, at least justice was served. That’s not something we see very often in this day and age.