A now-20-year-old Pine Bluff man who was charged with murder in 2016 was sentenced to prison Monday after settling his case with a plea agreement.
Terrell Lavon Collier was 17 when he was arrested and charged as an adult in the Nov. 7, 2016, shooting death of Decorion Jones, 15, who was found in the area of West 26th Avenue and Beech Street in the late afternoon and taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead by a doctor in the emergency room.
The cause of death was listed as a gunshot wound to the back.
Collier was originally charged with capital murder but pleaded guilty to reduced charges of second-degree murder and unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle. Circuit Judge Jodi Raines Dennis sentenced Collier to 25 years in prison on the murder charge and 10 years on the unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle with the sentences to run concurrently, or at the same time, meaning one 25-year sentence.
At a probable cause hearing for Collier on Nov. 10, now-Sgt. Cassandra Briggs said that security video from the area showed three men, including Jones, walking when a white SUV passed them. A man later identified by a witness as Collier came up out of the sunroof of the vehicle and fired shots from a large caliber rifle at the men.
Collier was arrested after his photograph and other information were released to the news media. Because he was a juvenile at the time, his mother was present when he was questioned. His 18th birthday was Nov. 15.
During the questioning, he allegedly confessed to being in a white SUV with a sunroof and to knowing that the vehicle had been stolen in Little Rock. He also confessed to knowing that there were shots fired from a rifle.
Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter said Tuesday that Collier must serve 50 percent of his sentence before being eligible to apply for parole. The sentence could be reduced to a quarter if he earns the maximum amount of good time available to him.