The jury found 24-year-old Tanrrance Maurice Landrum guilty of first-degree assault in an incident that left the victim shot in the back and forearm.
Circuit Judge Brian Howell set a sentencing hearing for Feb. 19.
Prosecutor Sheila Field, who worked with Tim Burgess on the case, told Howell after the verdict that the District Attorney’s Office requests that Landrum be sentenced in accordance with the state’s habitual offender law. Landrum, she told Howell, has a previous felony conviction on a third-degree burglary charge.
Howell told Landrum and his attorney Thursday that with his habitual offender status and the fact that the assault charge involves a gun, the defendant faces a minimum of 20 years in prison.
According to witness testimony, the March shooting occurred as the victim and three family members were leaving a barbecue at the apartment complex. Landrum, witnesses said, had an altercation with the victim’s cousin earlier that day.
The victim, now 14, testified that Landrum and another man shot at him and his family members as they left the barbecue. Field said the second shooter remains unidentified and that part of the case is still open.
The verdict came on the third day of the trial. Howell sent the jury to deliberate Wednesday, and after three and a half hours, they requested to have the victim’s testimony re-read.
A court reporter Thursday read 62 pages of the victim’s testimony before Howell sent the jury back for deliberation. The jury handed in the guilty verdict after less than an hour.
Bonnie Swink, the victim’s mother, said she was overwhelmed by the decision.
“But I’m at peace now,” she said.
She said that early on in the proceedings, she forgave Landrum.
“I wish him the best, and I hope when he does get out, he can change his life,” she said.
After the trial, Field said she believes justice was served.
“Nobody wins in these things, but we have a job to do,” she said.
Field thanked the jury for their service and Anniston police for their help in the case.
Landrum’s defense attorney, Susan Henderson, declined to comment.
Editor's note: Thursday's article about Landrum's trial incorrectly listed the city in which he resided. Court records indicate he was a Weaver resident at the time of the incident.
Assistant Metro Editor Daniel Gaddy: 256-235-3560. On Twitter @DGaddy_Star.