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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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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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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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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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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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