A Palm Beach County teen was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday for shooting a 16-year-old to death in Riviera Beach after a fight sparked by a feud on Facebook.
The sentencing comes nearly a year after a jury convicted Samuel Turner of second-degree murder in the October 2014 shooting death of Ivan Redding.
The spat on social media was between Turner’s friend, Fiando Toussaint, and two of Redding’s sisters. It escalated when the sisters saw Turner and Toussaint near a convenience store on Old Dixie Highway and began calling them names. At the urging of his sisters, Redding challenged the two boys to a fight.
During the fight, Redding got the best of Turner, which made him angry, prosecutors told jurors. The sisters testified that it was Turner who reached into the car with a gun in his hand and shot Redding once in the chest at close range as the boy sat in the backseat.
Turner’s attorney Jennifer Marshall, asked Circuit Judge Charles Burton to sentence Turner to 20 years in prison.