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Friday, 26 February 2016 15:58

Convicted Killer of Officer Gets Life for Wounding Boy

Timothy McKinney Timothy McKinney SCSO
MEMPHIS – February 26, 2016 - A North Memphis man whose prior crimes include killing police officer Don Williams in 1997 was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole under the state’s Three Strikes Law, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Defendant Timothy McKinney was convicted last month of attempted second-degree murder for shooting a 14-year-old boy in the leg in January of 2014 at the North Memphis Market at 1500 Vollintine Ave.
McKinney had been out of prison less than a year when the shooting, which was captured on security video, occurred.Investigators said McKinney apparently was aiming at another man in the store when he shot and critically wounded the boy.
In 1999, McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the shooting death of Officer Williams outside a Frayser nightclub.He later was awarded a new trial when an appeals court ruled that his defense counsel were ineffective.After two retrials resulted in hung juries, McKinney pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in May of 2013, was sentenced to time served and was released.
McKinney also was convicted of employing a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony, two counts of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon and three counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.
On Friday, Criminal Court Judge James Beasley Jr. sentenced McKinney to life in prison without parole, plus 10 years.
The case was handled by Alanda Dwyer, chief prosecutor of the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit (SPU), and Asst. Dist. Atty. Stacy McEndree, also of SPU.
SPU prosecutes repeat felony offenders and seeks the maximum sentence available by law.