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Bounty Hunters Who Shot And Killed Black Man in Mistaken Identity Case Found Not Guilty

Five bounty hunters have been found not guilty in the case of a man who was mistakenly gunned down in Clarksville.

Jalen Milan, 24, was killed on April 23, 2017 when police said the bounty hunters shot at the wrong sedan.

Milan left behind three children, ages 2, 3 and 4 at the time of his death. Milan was described by family members as a class clown, a life of the party person who was a lovable guy and an awesome father.

According to the Leaf-Chronicle, only one suspect was found guilty of one charge: Joshua Young was convicted of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.

All seven bounty hunters were facing charges in the case, including murder. Two bounty hunters, Jonathan Schnepp Jr., 33, and Kenneth Chiasson, 40, took plea deals ahead of the trial.

The remaining bounty hunters, William Byles II, 32, Antwon Keesee, 33, Roger West Jr., 32, and Joshua Young, 28, and Prentice William, all stood trial.

The newspaper reported that defense attorneys argued the bounty hunters were acting in self-defense, as Milan sped off and struck some bounty hunters in the process.

According to a lawsuit, Milan was the backseat passenger in a vehicle with three other men in the parking lot of Walmart Neighborhood Market on April 23. The lawsuit said the suspects, believing that someone they were looking for was in the Milan vehicle, rushed toward the car with weapons drawn and began to break the windows. This happened “suddenly and without warning,” according to the lawsuit.

Fearing they were being attacked by gang members, the driver of the car began to drive away. That’s when the lawsuit says the suspects opened fire several times at the vehicle, striking Milan in his back and chest.

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The suspects then entered their vehicle and began to chase the vehicle Milan was in for seven miles, the lawsuit said. Milan died shortly after the shooting from his injuries.

After the chase ended, the suspects apparently realized that the person they were looking for was not Milan nor anyone in that vehicle, the lawsuit says.

Not Milan nor any other occupants in the vehicle were wanted on outstanding charges and no one inside the vehicle was armed, the lawsuit said.

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Mulan August 6, 2019 at 5:31 pm

I’m so sick of these stories. I truly don’t know what we can do at this point to stop any of these situations from happening.

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JP Maurice August 7, 2019 at 1:46 am

We can fight back got dam it !!! An eye for an eye , a life for a life. NO ! We got to catch up . So every time they murder one of us family. We kill 5 of them !- with extreme violence and prejudice ! Those criminally insane psychopaths will understand that shit !! Trust and believe !

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Corrima August 7, 2019 at 10:20 am

These crackers have 1 time to get out of line with me,, cop or no cop,, I ‘ll take the charge.. I’m fighting back.

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Toyabgb August 8, 2019 at 6:34 am

I’m a woman but I’m ready for the revolution.

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Tiff September 19, 2019 at 8:26 am

Yes Ma’am me too. I’m sssiiicckk of it!!

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Kenneth Thompson September 17, 2019 at 8:07 am

DAMN RIGHT

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Kenneth Thompson September 17, 2019 at 8:10 am

it’s time to start fucking these motherfuckers up

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Valerie polite September 18, 2019 at 12:35 pm

I believe since we have a racist president he brought racism back .And we have stand up for our rights this action that been given it s do or die ! We.have to learn to stick up for each stop killing our own people. Then we be able to stick together .And fight for our rights

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Your Mama September 19, 2019 at 2:39 am

FYI (For Your Information) William Byles II, Antwon Keesee, Joshua Young, and Prentice Williams. they have one thing in common? They are black folks. When you got people with this kind of “logic” ” These crackers have 1 time to get out of line with me,, cop or no cop,, I ‘ll take the charge.. I’m fighting back.” Talk is cheap. Commas are free. Corrima when you end up being another black behind bars.I’ll Put some money on your commissary, with one stipulation. Def of stipulation just in case there might be a 1% chance she doesn’t know. Stipulation: a condition or requirement that is specified or demanded as part of an agreement. The stipulation is You can only use the funds I provided you with to buy unsalted crackers. mmmmmmmmmm prison

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Toyabgb August 8, 2019 at 6:33 am

Point blank now they just shooting blacks like that. They had the right one. I don’t care who it is . Let them shoot mine by mistake I’m coming for them. Why are we so damn weak ass a race. Those Muslims ready to fight. Y’all black men to busy running up behind white chicks

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christ August 11, 2019 at 9:16 pm

Because we are too used to killing EACH other! And doing the foulest shit to EACH other that cops wouldn’t do. My daughter would have been 30 this year. But instead last July she was RAPED, TORTURED (both arms broken) SHOT SIXTEEN times and SPIT on! Left FOUR orphans, one was only four months old! Wasn’t the cops, Klan or Alt-right, it was some of our “angelic”, “innocent” and always being “picked on” youth. And they HAVE NOT been CAUGHT yet! No snitching and all that…. Same with her boyfriend. Found him with his hands chopped off decomposing. Yet for some reason we can’t we’re SCARED SHITLESS of the REAL enemy! No, we’ll tear up OUR McDonald’s, our drug stores, our grocery stores…but that’s about it!

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Wade August 14, 2019 at 4:02 pm

I am sorry for your family lost and pain. Please do not paint a broad picture of all black males. I wish you nothing but love protection and continued blessings as you help raise your grandchildren🙏🏾

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DeVon August 31, 2019 at 3:29 am

But it’s okay to paint a broad picture of whites based on the actions of some?

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Sak Kane October 18, 2019 at 2:50 am

So sad to hear about your daughter; Please accept my condolences. That said, I have to inform you & others
who may not know, that “everything”, all the torture that happened to your daughter & her boyfriend; sheriffs’,
sheriffs’ deputies, plantation security forces (over-seers), post-slavery police, the klan, the nazis, the skin-heads,
the alt-right, white supremacists in general; have been doing that, plus worse (yes, worse), since they kidnapped & brought black people to this hemisphere, starting over 500 years ago. Whats worse? One example: In Louisiana, where I reside, as well as in Florida, “crackers”, i.e. “white supremacists'” alligator hunters, would kidnap black infants, black toddlers; tied them to trees in the swamp area, where the creatures frequent & use them as alligator bait. When the animal (sometimes more than one) would attack the child & be busy consuming it, then the hunters would come upon it/killing it. The creature’s skin was very valuable. I don’t tell you this to comfort you or to lift the burdens of the pains you/your family have been suffering. I wish I could do that, as I have 2 daughters & a son. These observations, I’m making are all factual historical realities. So, those killers; if you are sure they are “black”; they learn their dastardly deeds from their white masters; just like some of these bounty hunters, did so as well. I have about 100 references/sources of information that can confirm “everything”, plus too much more…. But, I won’t belabor you with all of them; here are a few: 1. The Negro (currently called “Black”) Holocaust in America by Gipson; 2. 100 Years of Lynchings, 1865—1965, by Ginsberg; Visit: The Lynching Museum in Montgomery, Al.

Lynn August 10, 2019 at 11:20 am

This is straight bullshit and I am sick and tired of the smell. Tired of the smell of “them” getting away with murder, aiding and abetting in murder, over policing our communities, stereotyping and breaking down our families and family structure. We’ve marched, we’ve petitioned, we’ve voted and we have to be honest with ourselves, we are up against behemoth white male dominated societal institutions that they call society/government/law enforcement/ educational system – take your pick it works for “them” and against us! We have to demand term limits, we have politicians in place too long making deals that fatten their pockets and don’t have a f–k to give about the community the country or anything but them, their pocket and their cronies (think Mitch Mcconnel)we have cops that get payments under the table and abuse their positions(make them change districts/communites periodically) because they have info on people in their (think- Daniel Holzclaw) jurisdictions. We need change but what will it take? The answer could be frightening.

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Candice Angela White August 30, 2019 at 12:34 pm

We need to stop killing our own yes the cops are wrong but we need to stop young black men from killing each other and other innocent people

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Layla Douglas September 2, 2019 at 2:41 am

This article has nothing to do with black men killing each other. This man was innocent and was murdered for something he had nothing to do with. Please stop making false comparisons. Whether or not black men stop killing each other has nothing to do with this incident or incidents like them. It doesn’t make it okay either.

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ebony stewart September 6, 2019 at 2:38 pm

Exactly.

Ted Jihnson September 18, 2019 at 9:55 am

What does killing our own have to do with story. Get on the right page and stop blaming us for their mistakes!!!!!!!

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Barbara Edwards October 11, 2019 at 8:27 pm

People have been killing each other since A/E… will continue. White ppl kill each other ALSO…

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Jacob September 17, 2019 at 7:32 pm

When did it become legal for bounty hunters to carry guns. I could have sworn that it was illegal what state is it legal for them to carry guns in and why were they carrying guns even in the right to carry states bounty hunters are not supposed to use lethal Force

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Rickey Battles October 7, 2019 at 3:33 pm

I tell u what u can do stop marching and praying and fight back

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Denise Braddock October 7, 2019 at 3:33 pm

Only God will turn this around when we repent & follow all his commandments

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Charles Peterson October 17, 2019 at 11:14 pm

Kill their family and make them eat popcorn and watch while you do it.

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Melissa August 6, 2019 at 8:08 pm

When you have a deadly weapon, you, as a bounty hunter in this case, should be absolutely Sure you have the Right person when you aim and fire. If you shoot the wrong person, and especially if your shot(s) result in death of an innocent person, Then there should be Charges, Prosecution and serious Jail Time !!! If the authorities Start Doing This, then Careless Shootings Of The Wrong Person Will Decrease So Fast That It Will Make A Noise, So to speak!!! Trust Me On This One !
In the Cases Of The Random Shootings In Crowded Public Places, my best thinking leads me to The Practice Of Exceedingly Swift Justice For The Perpetrator !! Also, Increased effort to find and bring the perpetrator to Exceedingly Swift Justice !! Once the heinous deed is done, Make Double Sure the perpetrator is being sought to the point of No Calm Breath is Drawn By The Perpetrator After The Deed, and Said One Is Sorry He Committed Such A Heinous Deed, Right Away !!! That’s All I Got !! Lord Help Us !!! 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

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Jerome Taylor August 6, 2019 at 8:10 pm

Let me see here, the bounty hunters were WHITE, thus they got off with at the most a warning not to do it again!! Am I right?!

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jeff carpentier August 6, 2019 at 10:04 pm

Bounty hunters, 4 black 3 white.

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Andre Robertson August 6, 2019 at 11:01 pm

WE NEED TO START SHOOTING BACK!!!!

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Toyabgb August 8, 2019 at 6:37 am

That’s right

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Act August 7, 2019 at 1:33 am

This has gotten too much. Im a product of their unwavering hatred. Gimme a reason. I’m fuken bursting. I feel sorry for the next envious racist to cross my path.

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Artie August 7, 2019 at 8:42 am

I hope the family is planning a WRONGFUL DEATH Lawsuit against all the bounty hunters

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Tomika Iesha Tatum August 7, 2019 at 12:30 pm

I wonder if he was white if they would have been convicted. This is some bullshit once again

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Jacob September 17, 2019 at 7:48 pm

When did it become legal for bounty hunters to carry guns. I could have sworn that it was illegal what state is it legal for them to carry guns in and why were they carrying guns even in the right to carry states bounty hunters are not supposed to use lethal Force

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Rick August 7, 2019 at 3:40 pm

The bounty hunters did not commit murder, they committed man saluter and should have been tried on that charge .
Not only the family should file a law suit , the other passages should file suit also The state should revoke the licenses of all involved in the case until the out come is known. The company who employs these men should be named, The state, city and county should also be liable to some degree. Nothing will bring the man back and rather than make statements that tend to make a racial situation of the case dose not help anyone’s cause The hunters screw up big time and all who had a culpability
Should pay big time.

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Ted Waller August 10, 2019 at 12:03 pm

If it is to be….it is up to me
Faith without work is dead
No one can save us for us…but us.

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Marilyn August 30, 2019 at 8:51 am

The bounty hunter Joshua Young who received the conviction is black.

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newton September 5, 2019 at 9:28 am

they found oj not guilty too; all is not lost, take them to civil court & TAKE every dime they have!!! just like they did oj… i pray BLACK folks will learn, what hurts EVIL folks bc MONEY is the root of all evil…take dat’ money and evil folks will hurt & SUFFER like their lives has been taken…

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Gunny Thompson September 5, 2019 at 5:39 pm

From Unfiltered Minds of Independent Thinkers of the 3rd Grade Dropout Section:

“The Solutions To our Conditions Are An Inside Job”

This war of terrorism against our community did not just began. It is century’s old.

Mulan, there is something that can be done. I fully understand that our communities are targeted for kill or capture by Racist, Fascist, Jack-Booted, Goose-Stepping, Klan-Sympathizing, Psychotic, Sociopath, Brown Shirt Terrorists. My Question: Are you willing to offer a plan of attack or solutions. At this time, nothing else matters. We must stop the Genocide being committed on our community

To the defenders of our Dear Sisters and Brothers I suggest that you should pursue the following:

1) request complete unredacted copies of the investigation, under
Title 5 USC 522,
2) file a criminal complaint to prosecute;
3) file claims of asset forfeiture of those involved;
4) file civil claims of overturning police unions and civil service
protection; and
5) under laws of quo warranto, file for the removal of the mayor, police
chief prosecutor and judges.

If you we don’t take a more aggressive position, the war on our community will continue. and don’t be failure deter you for you ultimate goal of ridding our communities of Fascist Terrorist doing the business of Bankters, Huskters, Draft Dodgers and Chicken Hawks..

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Mark September 9, 2019 at 7:48 pm

As I read these comments, some state this isn’t a black thing, I just never read this happening to white people, never. So for those who can’t see that these bounty hunters shouldn’t have opened fire at all, is the reason they should’ve been convicted, period.

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Regina Alexander September 17, 2019 at 12:37 am

If that were a family member of mines I would hunt down EVERYONE of those guys and blow their fking brains out!!!

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Debbie September 17, 2019 at 9:19 pm

There is a real problem with the grand jury and jurors. It’s seems the grand jury is a make up of white people who hate blacks and every cop that’s kill will get off free. The only real change is getting involved and being a part of the grand jury or other jury systems. Don’t try to get off

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Tray3x September 18, 2019 at 5:08 pm

F Bounty Hunters and they mammies too!

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Ron September 19, 2019 at 12:05 am

4 black and 3 white bounty hunters were on trial for the wrongful death of this young man.
The comments left by illiterate, hate filled black people would be laughable if not so pathetic.
They blame it on “them”. Whoever “them” is. This was in no way a racist attack. Stupid, illegal and misguided, but another case of 4 black and 3 white men shooting first and asking questions later. The black radicals shoot their mouths off and going to kill everybody and anybody. They are as much of the problem as these seven bounty hunters.
The black community has failed to speak out against the black monsters that terrorize their cities. They attack the police and white people for their problems. Believe me, I have no interest in anything that a black person has. I live with many black families and we are safe, happy, and we don’t abide anyone that commits a crime. We are a community and we look out for one another. We help one another. Our children are safe and grow up without the ugly cries of racism.
Those cretins that want to shoot people, kill “them “, and police, are the rotting underbelly of a depraved society.

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RLparks October 18, 2019 at 8:00 am

First of all your misguided rhetoric is so racist that it’s sickening. You generalize black people in an effort to denigrate and deny the racist genocidal systemic agenda against Black People in Amerikkka. Also, it doesn’t make you a radical if you stand against systemic racial genocide! If we want social justice we have to unite and fight for it and II conmend evertyone that does.

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Denise Braddock October 7, 2019 at 3:38 pm

Until we repent & go back to God & keep all his commandments Isreal this will continue to happen

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