Three individuals involved in the fatal shooting of former Indiana University football player Chris Beaty during the unrest following George Floyd’s murder have received significant prison sentences exceeding 100 years. Marcus Anderson and Alijah Jones were each sentenced to 164 years, while Nakeyah Shields received a 108-year sentence for their roles in the May 2020 shooting.
In addition to the murder charges, Anderson and Jones were convicted of eight counts of armed robbery, while Shields faced seven robbery counts. All three individuals have expressed their intention to appeal their convictions according to the Ap News.
The shooting took place on May 30, 2020, in Indianapolis, amidst a period of violence following protests over Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Beaty, 38, was walking through an alley near his apartment building when he was tragically shot and killed.
Prior to his death, Beaty sent a text message expressing concern for the safety of others, stating, “I’m bout to walk around the block now to make sure my building is good.”
Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears emphasized Beaty’s selflessness, stating, “Chris tragically lost his life while caring for others and his city.”
Beaty, a former defensive lineman, had played for Indianapolis Cathedral High School’s three state championship-winning teams before joining Indiana University’s football program. He was beloved in the community and known as Mr. Indianapolis for his unwavering support and enthusiasm for the city.
The sentencing sends a strong message about the seriousness of the crime committed and serves as a reminder of the consequences of engaging in violent acts during periods of civil unrest.