HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia man was sentenced to life in a shootout that killed a 20-year-old man and injured the victim’s girlfriend.
Quenton Avery Sheffield, 28, was found guilty Tuesday of first degree murder in the 2017 murder of Aaron William Black and was intentionally injured in the shooting of then 21-year-old Sydney Rice, news reports reported.
During the trial, Rice testified that Sheffield went to her boyfriend’s apartment in September 2017 to buy marijuana. She said Sheffield shot her in the head during the exchange and later found Black was slumped on the kitchen table.
Rice testified that Black and Sheffield wanted to start a business together, but something went wrong, The Herald-Dispatch reported.
Sheffield lawyers contested the allegation and argued that Rice initially told 911 operators that she didn’t know who shot her and that she hadn’t seen their face.
Sheffield also maintained her innocence, calling Black her friend.
“I didn’t even have time to mourn my friend’s life before people pointed the finger at me,” he told the booth.
Sheffield faces conviction at a later date on additional charges, including the use of a firearm while being intentionally wounded.