The best way to win a gunfight remains to avoid one. We would all do well to remember that good guys sometimes don’t come out on top when the lead flies. Such was the case in Louisville where Jason Spencer, 30, was walking with his new bride after returning from their honeymoon back in 2017. As they walked, a pair of armed robbers announced a hold-up, and Mr. Spencer pulled a gun in self-defense. He shot 15-year-old Travon Curry, but the two predators shot and killed him.
The duo were arrested, but pre-trial motions and delays have finally ended with a plea bargain from the two murderers. WDRB has details of the plea bargain . . .
Two men charged with murdering a man walking with his wife near Cherokee Triangle in 2017 pleaded guilty to amended charges of manslaughter Friday.
Travon Curry and Thaddius Thomas Jr. were supposed to stand trial March 1 for robbing and shooting Jason Spencer as he and his wife were walking on Everett Avenue near Cherokee Triangle on Nov. 3, 2017.
Spencer was killed only 10 days after getting married.
Instead, Curry pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, robbery, receiving stolen property, wanton endangerment and possession of a handgun by a minor. His recommended sentence is 18 years in prison.
Thomas pleaded guilty to the same charges plus tampering with physical evidence. His recommended sentence is 19 years.
Neither man will be able to request probation and must serve at least 85% of the sentence before being eligible for parole.
Exercising good situational awareness always ranks as the most desirable way to avoid resorting to deadly force in self-defense.
And when life gives you a life-threatening crap sandwich and forces you to take a bite, carrying a concealed gun is clearly the best thing you can do. After all, even a marginal gun on your person beats the best gun in your safe at home.
Good training and tactics also help, as does efficiency of movement. But the best thing is to avoid it altogether if you possibly can. Stay safe out there.