A Tennessee man convicted in the violent fatal shooting of his teacher wife's student lover will spend 47 more days in jail, followed by 12 years on probation, a judge ruled at a sentencing. The man faced life in prison when he was tried for the violent crime of murder in the 2007 slaying of 18-year-old Sean Powell, the lover of his now ex-wife. But a Knox County jury in September convicted him of the lesser charge of reckless homicide.
If the man, who hopes to finish his college degree and become a high school band director, violates probation in the next 12 years, he could have to serve the full four-year sentence in prison.
The criminal defense attorney was frustrated with the unusually long probation term of 12 years, and blamed prosecutors for trying to "salvage something from what the evidence and the jury said this was"
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Comments:Christine Paik Comm 174 on November 22, 2008 at 5:11 a.m. wrote:
'A Tennessee man convicted in the violent fatal shooting of his teacher wife
Brittany Schoof Comm 174 on November 17, 2008 at 4:37 p.m. wrote:
I've been doing some research on this case and from what I can tell Eric McLean was a pushover. 1. McLean had suspected that his wife was having an affair with Powell for sometime, yet tried to reconcile with his wife, actually inviting Powell to stay over at his house. 2. The day of Powell's murder, when Powell wouldn't leave his house, McLean had to call 911 in order to get Powell to finally leave. Now I ask you, what man would invite his wife's suspected lover over? Most men that I know would not stand for that. Furthermore, why would a man of 31 have to call 911 to get an 18 year old out of HIS house? It seems from my basic knowledge of the facts that McLean was definitely a pushover and lacked conviction to seriously carry out a premeditated murder. What is more, McLean claims that he had bought the rifle, which he eventually killed Powell with, in order to commit suicide, but weeks before. Whether this rifle was bought with intent to murder Powell or himself, McLean certainly took his sweet time to do it, even furthering the character profile of being a coward who lacked conviction. It is with this character portrait that I would say it seems very unlikely that McLean's crime was premeditated, and most likely that a desperate McLean grabbed the gun to get the boy off his property. Powell, who obviously had acknowledged McLean for the coward he was, grabbed for the gun to assert his own authority, which resulted in his death when the trigger accidentally went off.
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