Man Sentenced in Shooting of Officer
A man convicted in the shooting death of an off-duty Birmingham police officer was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. 42-year-old Patrick Johnson was sentenced today. In October, he was convicted of felony murder in the 2014 shooting death of Birmingham Police Officer Keary Hollis. A jury reached a deadlock on a verdict in May and Johnson was tried again in October. Hollis was off-duty when he was shot to death during a dispute outside a convenience store. Johnson said Hollis, who had been drinking, had backed over his motorcycle in the store parking lot. Johnson testified he shot Hollis in self-defense after the officer pointed a gun at him. Jefferson County Circuit Judge Clyde Jones said the shooting was an inexcusable act.