Eric Dewayne Boyd, convicted in April 2008 of being an accessory to murder after the fact and misprision of a felony (failure to notify law enforcement of the whereabouts of someone you know has committed a crime), has been sentenced to the maximum permissible 18 years in prison. Full stories from the Knoxville News-Sentinel, WVLT Channel 8, WATE Channel 6, and WBIR Channel 10, all in Knoxville. Discussion now taking place on Stormfront and the Vanguard News Network Forum.
Boyd helped Lemaricus Davidson, one of four defendants charged with killing Channon Christian and Chris Newsom in January 2007, escape and evade the law. Christian, 21, and Newsom, 23, were carjacked from the Washington Ridge Apartments in northwest Knoxville in January 2007, held hostage inside a house on Chipman Street and then raped, beaten and tortured. Newsom was bound and shot execution style before his body was set afire. Christian was hog-tied and stuffed alive inside a trash can, where she slowly suffocated over a two-day period.
Sentencing for the first defendant connected to the brutal rapes and murders of a Knox County couple was capped off by emotional statements from the couple's families. Hugh Newsom showed pictures of Chris Newsom and Channon Christian and asked how anyone could harm them. Mary Newsom told Varlan her son was a friend to everyone. And Christopher Newsom’s sister, Andrea Bowers, reminded Boyd that “when he dies, he’s going to be facing a heavenly judge, and at that point, there won’t be a defense attorney.”
Christian’s father, Gary Christian, did not initially address either the judge or Boyd. Instead, he directly addressed friends and family by name, recalling specific acts of kindness to them by his daughter. Then, he turned to Boyd. “I hate you,” he told Boyd. “My son hates you. My wife hates you. I’ve not prayed since the day you were arrested. Today, I’m going to pray. Don’t you think for a second I’m praying for you.”
In response, Boyd described to Judge Thomas Varlan the series of events as he remembered them. "I'm asking for the mercy of the court. I didn't have to do this, but I did it to make sure this man (Davidson) didn't hurt nobody else," Boyd said. Boyd’s defense attorney, Phil Lomonaco, said he would appeal the sentence. WATE news video embedded below:
Factored into the sentence was Boyd's criminal history of assaultive robberies, victimization, and gun violence, which were deemed sufficient to warrant the maximum sentence. Boyd's criminal career started at age 14 with a breaking-and-entering and vandalism charge. Boyd also admitted in police interrogation to involvement in 9 armed robberies in 1994, between March and May. In a transcript, he told police he was trying to raise $2500 to pay off money he owed a drug dealer, for drugs. In some of those robberies, Boyd admitted to being an armed robber. In others, he said a co-defendant robbed the store, and Boyd drove the get-away car.
The trials for the other four defendants are expected to begin in early 2009. Here's the rest of the scum:
Here's the rest of the rogue's gallery:
- Lemaricus Davidson faces 46 counts including felony murder, premeditated murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated rape and theft.
- Letalvis Cobbins faces 46 counts including 16 counts of felony murder, two counts of premeditated murder, two counts of especially aggravated robbery, four counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, 20 counts of aggravated rape and two counts of theft.
- George Thomas faces 46 counts including 16 counts of felony murder, two counts of premeditated murder, two counts of especially aggravated robbery, four counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, 20 counts of aggravated rape and two counts of theft.
- Vanessa Lynn Coleman, 18, faces 40 counts including 12 counts of felony murder, one count of premeditated murder, one count of especially aggravated robbery, four counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, 20 counts of aggravated rape and two counts of theft.
In a related development, the Chipman Street house where the atrocities were committed will be demolished to make way for a possible memorial to Channon Christian and Chris Newsom.
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