Jacksonville man facing life in 2011 shooting

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 23-year-old Jacksonville man is looking at life in prison following his conviction for a 2011 shooting that left two people dead and a toddler inside a nearby apartment wounded, prosecutors said.

Theodist Tyrone Richardson was convicted Monday of murder charges in the deaths of Kenneth Curry and Danielle Melton, according to a release from the State Attorney's Office.

In August 2011, Richardson and Curry were arguing over drugs outside an apartment complex on Prince Street downtown when Richardson pulled out a gun and opened fire, unloading 19 rounds, prosecutors said. The barrage of gunfire struck Curry, who was pronounced dead at the scene, and Melton, 19, a bystander, who died a short time later.

One round also entered a nearby apartment, hitting a 13-month-old inside in the head, prosecutors said. The child has since recovered from his injuries.

According to the release, Richardson was found guilty of the following charges: one count of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, six counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of shooting deadly missiles.

Sentencing for Richardson is set for Oct. 13. He faces mandatory life in prison.


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