A Jackson County jury is recommending a 17-year prison sentence for Tymon Reed after convicting the Kearney, Missouri, man of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Van Horn High School sophomore Javon Reilly.
The jury also convicted Reed of armed criminal action and recommended a three-year sentence for that. Sentencing is scheduled for March 1 before Jackson County Circuit Judge Jennifer Phillips.
Reed, who had no prior convictions, testified in his own defense on Wednesday. He said he went to Van Horn as school was letting out on Sept. 19, 2016, to try to talk with a student who had arranged a marijuana sale that ended with Reed being robbed at gunpoint. Instead, he encountered a group that included Reilly and they began arguing. Reed testified that he pulled out a gun, thinking he could scare Reilly and the others. "I wanted them to leave me alone," he told the jury.
He and Reilly ended up tussling over the gun and he shot Reilly as Reilly tried to walk away.
"I panicked and kept firing," he testified. Reilly was fatally shot from behind. The Jackson County medical examiner testified he suffered five bullet wounds in his back or buttocks.
Reed had been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.