Memphis mass shooter was released after 11 months of 3-year sentence

A mass shooter in Memphis who livestreamed himself taking down victims was reportedly released from jail after just 11 months of a three-year sentence.

The young man’s crimes sent the city into lockdown with more than one million people told to shelter in place.

The background

“In February of 2020, Ezekiel Kelly, then 17, was charged as an adult with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, using a firearm to commit a dangerous felony and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, court records showed. Circumstances of the case were not immediately known,” Todd Starnes reported.

“Records show he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced in April 2021 to three years. Kelly was released from prison in March, 11 months after he was sentenced, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said,” the report added.

The problem

“Ezekiel Kelly was arrested Wednesday night after allegedly killing four people and injuring three, while suspected to have live-streamed an attack at an AutoZone store” the Daily Caller reported.

“Kelly was charged in 2020 with attempted first-degree murder and reckless endangerment and possession of a firearm with intent to commit a felony before pleading guilty to aggravated assault and receiving a three-year incarceration sentence beginning in June 2021,” it added.

If Kelly had served his three-year term, he would still have been in prison instead of allegedly killing people.

The sickening story highlights concerns with the nation’s sentencing process, likely leading to a new look at the decisions being made in such situations.

But the reviews will be too late for the victims in this case, as well as a city traumatized by the tragic crimes.

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