A teenager from Shreveport has been sentenced to 85 years in prison for a motel shooting that left one dead and two injured.
Derion Jamison was found guilty of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, and aggravated assault in the shooting that took place in August of 2020. He received 50 years for the attempted murder, 10 years for the aggravated assault, and a life sentence for the second-degree murder. Since he was under 18 at the time, he may be eligible for parole after 25 years into the life sentence. However, each sentence will be served consecutively, starting with the attempted murder.
Two of the victims, from Rayville, were visiting Splash Kingdom in Shreveport in July 2020 when they returned to their room at Country Inn Suites. When one of them was questioned about his tattoos, he and Jamison argued. When the victims returned to the hotel later, one spoke with Jamison about the argument, shaking hands and separating. Jamison then told one of the victims he felt disrespected before pulling out a 9mm pistol and shooting the victim in the chest. He then shot the victim he’d argued with earlier, as well as the brother of the victim who’d shaken hands with him.
The two surviving victims, along with additional witnesses, were able to identify Jamison in a lineup after his arrest. Ballistic evidence also linked a firearm found in Jamison’s vehicle to the shootings.
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