A judge has reserved sentencing for a man who admitted to killing his lover’s boyfriend.
Christopher McQueen Jr., pleaded guilty to manslaughter by provocation in the shooting death of Martin Nixon Jr. before the start of his trial last year.
McQueen was initially charged with murder in Nixon’s death but the prosecution accepted a plea to the reduced charge.
Prosecutors say that McQueen was walking to a store in the Blue Hill Road South area on August 23, 2016 when he overheard Nixon rowing his girlfriend about sleeping with “these sissy niggers around here”.
McQueen asked to whom Nixon was referring. That’s when Nixon allegedly replied, “I mean you, too.” Nixon allegedly added, “You know we got all the guns.”
McQueen left and returned with a gun and shot Nixon multiple times.
Nixon named McQueen as his shooter before he died.
McQueen’s lawyer, Bjorn Ferguson, has suggested 10 years in prison as an appropriate sentence after taking the 41 months the convict spent on remand.
Ferguson said that McQueen was provoked and threatened “by a known gang member”.
He said McQueen “deserved a second chance and not just to be thrown into the dungeon and the gate locked”.
On the other hand, Rodger Thompson called for a sentence in the range of 30 to 35 years.
He said the sentence was suitable given the frequency with which firearms are used in homicides.
Thompson said there were no exceptional circumstances in McQueen’s case that would justify a departure from the sentencing range of 18 to 35 years.
Thompson said McQueen, who had gang ties since high school, had left two children without a father.
Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson will pass sentence on February 25 at 2 p.m.