MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A gang member convicted of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a security guard at a Memphis mall has been sentenced to the maximum 25 years in prison with no parole.
Judge W. Mark Ward sentenced 21-year-old Terrell Loverson on Friday, The Commercial Appeal reports.
Loverson was convicted in March in the death of 28-year-old Marques Rainey, a former Marine who was shot once in the chest when he tried to break up a gang fight in February 2010.
At trial, prosecutors said Rainey was just trying to do his job when he was shot. On Friday, prosecutors argued Loverson deserved the maximum sentence because he fired in a mall filled with women and children.
Loverson’s lawyers argued that he shot out of fear with no premeditation.