Batts To Possibly Serve 3 To 5 Years

Posted at 4:02 PM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-28 19:29:39-04

Timothy Batts, the father who shot and killed his 11-year-old daughter, could possibly serve about three to five years.

Batts, a convicted felon, was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a gun during the trial in July.

"I just wanted to kill myself and be done with life," Batts testified while  on the stand.

He shot and killed his daughter last year.

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He wanted wanted to punish himself after realizing he accidentally shot his 11-year-old daughter Timea.

"She jumped out from the side of the wall and said waah to scare me and the gun just went off," Batts testified.

Since then, a secretive plea deal will ultimately spell out Batts' punishment.

The District Attorney planned to try him again on the reckless homicide charge, but then reached a plea deal with Batts.

"Maybe an effective sentence of four years or three years and obviously he has his jail credit so he would be eligible for parole pretty soon," said Newschannel 5 legal analyst Nick Leonardo.

He said Batts faces two to four years for the felon with a gun conviction.

If he were convicted of reckless homicide in a second trial, that too would also brings two to four years. Leonardo said the shooting may have been reckless or negligent, but it also was accidental.

"Those types of crimes don't carry a significant amounts of jail time," said Leonardo.

A typical sentence could run between three and five years. Batts already has served one year behind bars and he could be eligible for parole after 30 percent served of time served.

Attorneys have met with the judge in closed chambers and details have been agreed to. As with all plea deals, things can change up to the last minute.

If not Sumner County Judge Dee David Gay is expected to sign off on the deal Friday.