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.
The Commercial Appeal reports that 21-year-old Terrell Loverson had faced a first-degree murder charge but the jury convicted him Friday on the lesser charge.
The security guard, 28-year-old Marques Rainey, was shot once in the chest when he tried to break up a gang fight on Feb. 27, 2010.
Prosecutor Ray Lepone told jurors that the former Marine was just trying to do his job when he was shot.
Loverson’s lawyers argued that he shot out of fear with no premeditation, which is required for a first-degree murder conviction.
Loverson faces 15 to 25 years in prison at sentencing next month
Investigators announced that an arrest had been made in the case Monday, prior to touring the mall with Memphis Mayor A C Wharton.
20-year old Terrell Loverson has been charged with First Degree Murder for the death of 28-year old Marques Rainey.
Loverson was also charged with Resisting Official Detention and Assault.
Rainey was killed while trying to break up a fight between the suspect and another man. Police allege that Loverson pulled a gun on Rainey and shot him during the altercation. Rainey later died at The Med.
Loverson is currently being held without bond at the Shelby County Jail.