A jury recommended a life sentence plus 63 years for Michael Robinson, Jr., who was convicted on eight charges Tuesday. The eight charges include murder, robbery and abduction after the shooting death of 29-year-old Jerrod Oliver on Columbia Street back in March.
There was emotional reaction to the verdict and sentence recommendation.
Deputies had to put space between the families of Michael Robinson and Jerrod Oliver Tuesday evening. Oliver was found with eight gunshot wounds near his Columbia Street home.
Prosecutors say his dying words identified Robinson as his killer. The two families packed the courtroom. On the way out Oliver's family friend explained just how difficult this has been on the family.
"There was a lot of information that we weren't aware of even as far as how many times he had been shot, so the testimony was gruesome," Nicole Kinchen said. "So it's very hard and I know we will be going home with those thoughts."
Convicted killer Robinson told his aunt "love ya babe," on the way back to lock up. She said she feels for Oliver's family and will visit her nephew in prison.
"It's a hard pill to swallow," Pamela Robinson-Jefferson said. "My nephew will be spending the rest of his life in prison. I felt if he done his crime, he got his punishment. It's nobody winning on either side. They lost somebody. We done and lost somebody."
A jury recommended life plus 63 years for the eight charges. A formal sentencing is set for next year.
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