Arkansas man who murdered toddler in the road-rage killing gets decades in prison

This undated file photo released by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office in Little Rock, Arkansas, shows Gary Eugene Holmes, who was convicted by a jury Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, of the first-degree murder and a terrorist threat for the competition in December 2016, the death of Acen King.


An Arkansas man was Wednesday sentenced to 50 years in prison without the possibility of parole after the fatal shooting of a 3-year-old in a road-rage incident.

Gary Eugene Holmes was convicted of first-degree murder and terroristic threatening after a jury found him guilty of the December 2016 the killing of Acen King.

According to the boy’s grandmother, Kim King-Macon, she was stopped at a stop sign in Little Rock, when Holmes honked his horn, got out of his car and shot in her car. The king was shot in the back, but his grandmother did not realize until they are in a shopping centre, 10 km away.

The toddler died later that night in the hospital.

A woman in Holmes’ car at the time of the shooting was a different story. According to a police statement, she said that he was angry because he thought the car behind him was tailing him too closely.

Jurors deliberated for less than 30 minutes before the guilty verdict. Holmes was sentenced to 45 years for killing and five years for terrorist threats.

Holmes’s mother said that she thought that her son was “in his mind” when he shot at the vehicle. She also described the injuries her son sustained as a child, and battles with depression.

Attorney Ron Davis said Holmes plans to appeal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @PaulinaDedaj.

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