Pryor pleads guilty to 2014 shooting of Jacquerean Marshall

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Troy man has been sentenced to a 10 year split sentence after pleading guilty to a shooting three years ago that blinded a teenager.

Javon Pryor, 22, pleaded guilty Monday to reckless assault in the first degree for the 2014 shooting of then 17-year-old Jacquerean Marshall, now 20. Pryor was 18 at the time of the incident.

Prosecutor Jon Folmar said Pryor and Marshall were at a party when a pistol Pryor was showing off inadvertently fired, shooting Marshall in the face.

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“There were some indications that … at least one firearm was present, maybe more,” Folmar said.

Folmar thanked Brian McLendon with the Troy Police Department for his work in determining that Marshall had been the victim of a shooting.

“When police got to the scene it had been staged to make it look like the victim had shot himself,” Folmar said. “(Pryor) had placed the gun in the victim’s hand and Detective McLendon saw from the angle of the body and the victim that there’s no way the gun would have stayed in the victim’s hand if he had shot himself.”

Nena Williams, Marshall’s mother, spoke out on social media on Tuesday to discuss the case being put to rest.

In the post, Williams thanked Pryor for pleading guilty and offered him forgiveness.

“This was a wake up for both of you!” Williams posted. “God has given you both a chance to move forward … Just know I forgive you. I’ve told you before and I still do! … I really hope this is a turnaround for you and that you be the person God has created you to be…

“Javon it’s not too late for you. He gave Jay a second chance, He gave you a second chance be glad and thankful for that! I wish you well and thank you! Be blessed!”

Williams said Jacquerean is doing great and is getting ready to start working in Talladega.

Pryor will serve two years in jail and three years on probation. Folmar said, adding that the case serves as a reminder to young people not to mess around with weapons.

“Pistols and parties don’t mix,” Folmar said. “This shows that everyone should know that a dangerous weapon such as a pistol should be treated as if it is loaded and that it could discharge and kill anyone. You should maintain the utmost security and caution when in the possession of a weapon.”

Reckless assault in the first degree is a Class B felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.  Pryor applied to be tried as a youthful offender in the case but was denied.