Quincy, FL - A Quincy man is sentenced to 40 years in prison on attempted murder and manslaughter charges.
Cortez Hatten was sentenced in Gadsden County court today.
Hatten shot Anthony Chavers in 2010 who survived. The bullet also struck and killed Kenneth Moran.
Hatten's mother pleaded for a light sentence in court. He will get credit for 890 days already served.
Previous Story, Quincy, FL - September 20, 2012- 6:00 pm - On Sept. 20, it took jurors a little more than an hour to find 21 year-old Cortez Hatten guilty of manslaughter for the 2010 shooting death of Kenneth Moran.
Hatten was also found guilty of attempted second degree murder for shooting Anthony Chavers, who survived.
"It's just unfortunate," said Defense Attorney, Barbara Hobbs. "These kids, with these guns, so it's just a sad situation for everybody."
During the two day trial, witnesses testified that a fight broke out at the Midway Forest mobile home park in Gadsden County.
That's when they say Hatten fired a single bullet at Chavers that went through his shoulder, and then hit Moran in the head.
Family members say Hatten never meant to kill him.
"It's a difficult time for me and all the rest of the family, especially for the mother and himself because that was his friend and that's not something he wanted to do, was hurt his friend," said Hatten's sister Alberta Jordan.
Hobbs added, "I really do not believe that Cortez Hatten went to Midway to hurt anybody. He was defending himself."
The State argued Hatten was the only person on the scene with a gun and that he had no reason to use deadly force.
"There were a lot of tough issues, a lot of tough legal issues, but I think it was pretty clear the jury had been paying attention and they came to a fair verdict," said Prosecuting Attorney, James Beville.
Hatten was also found guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
He faces anywhere from 25 years to life behind bars. Hatten will be sentenced Oct. 12.
Quincy, FL - September 20, 2012- 2:10pm
A jury found Cortez Hatten guilty of manslaughter for the death of Kenneth Moran.
Hatten was also found guilty of attempted second-degree murder for shooting Anthony Chavers, guilty of possession of a firearm by convicted felon and not guilty of aggravated assault with a firearm.
Quincy, FL - September 20, 2012- 1:30pm
The fate of the man accused of shooting two people and killing one is now in the hands of a jury.
Closing arguments moved pretty quickly and smoothly this morning in the murder trial of Cortez Hatten. Hatten is charged with second degree murder in the death of Kenneth Moran.
According to testimony from multiple witnesses, a fight broke out at the Midway Forest mobile home park in Gadsden County back in April 2010.
During the scuffle, Hatten allegedly shot Anthony Chavers. That bullet then went through Chavers shoulder and fatally struck Moran in the head.
Chavers survived the shooting and took the stand yesterday. The defense argues that Hatten was acting in "self defense". The State, however, says Hatten was the only one on the scene with a gun, and had no reason to use deadly force.
Hatten also faces charges of attempted second degree murder, aggravated assault with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
A verdict is expected sometime this afternoon.