Michael Dunn sentenced to life in prison for racially charged shooting

Michael Dunn, the 47-year-old who was opened fire on a car full of teenagers, killing one, after an argument over loud music at a convenience store in Jacksonville, has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. The life sentence for the murder was mandatory after the state decided against pushing for the death penalty.

Dunn was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, as well as three counts of attempted second-degree murder for opening fire at the other three teens who were in the car with Davis. During his first trial, the jury deadlocked on the first-degree murder charge.

The incident occurred on November 23, 2012 when Dunn and his girlfriend pulled up alongside the SUV that Davis and his friends were in at a parking lot of a Jacksonville convenience store. Dunn asked the teens to turn down the music that they were listening to in their car, but Davis took issue with this request.

The two exchanged some heated words, after which Dunn claims that he thought he saw the barrel of a gun inside the car and was afraid for his life and the life of his girlfriend when he opened fire on the SUV. The prosecution, however, claims that the threat that Dunn perceived was “only in his imagination.”

“For years to come I will be forced to celebrate my son’s birthday without his presence. As I quietly watch my friends’ boys grow into young men, I will forever be reminded of what might’ve been for my Jordan,” said Lucia McBath, the mother of Davis.

“I choose to forgive you Mr Dunn for taking my son’s life. I choose to release the seeds of bitterness and anger and honor my son’s love. I choose to walk in the freedom of knowing God’s justice has been served. I pray that God has mercy on your soul,” she continued.

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