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Man sentenced for fatal 2016 shooting at Montgomery barbeque

Nathan Thomas has been convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 2016 Montgomery...
Nathan Thomas has been convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 2016 Montgomery homicide of Charles Jones, Jr.(Source: Montgomery County District Attorney)
Published: May. 23, 2022 at 5:50 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A man who opened fire at a neighborhood barbeque in 2016 has been sentenced, according to the Montgomery District Attorney’s Office.

Nathan Thomas was found guilty of murdering Charles Jones, Jr., of Montgomery. The DA’s office said Jones was hit by gunfire and died from his injuries during the incident.

According to the DA, several children who were also enjoying the barbeque were injured by bullet fragments but survived.

Several eyewitnesses identified Thomas as the shooter. He fled to New York but was later captured by U.S. marshals and returned to Alabama to stand trial.

“I find it reassuring that this man will never commit another violent crime on our streets again,” DA Daryl Bailey said following the sentencing.

Thomas will spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole.

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