Antioch church shooter gets 291 years added to life sentence

Posted at 9:25 AM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 20:42:02-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The man convicted of shooting churchgoers and killing one woman outside an Antioch church received his sentences on Tuesday.

Back in May, a jury sentenced Emanuel Samson to life without parole for the 2017 attack at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch. Samson shot and killed Melanie Crow in the parking lot before entering the church.

He learned his sentence for 42 other counts relating to the shooting where several churchgoers were injured, including Minister Joey Spann and usher Robert Engle, who was able to subdue him until authorities arrived.

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More than 40 witnesses testified during the trial.

Judge Cheryl A. Blackburn sentenced Samson hundreds of years in prison, to be served consecutively with his life sentence. Blackburn cited terrorism and permanent physical as well as mental anguish the victims and survivors will live with which are directly caused by the shooting.

Counts one and two were each given four years in prison, and count three, which also relates to civil rights violations, was given 11 months and 29 days. These charges, along with count 43 of reckless endangerment, are to be served concurrently.

Each attempted murder count was given 25 years in prison. Samson was also given six years in prison for the accompanying firearms charges. These charges are to be served consecutively.

The judge gave Samson six years in prison for each count of aggravated assault, however 10 of those counts are to be served consecutively and the other 14 will be concurrently served.

In addition to life in prison, Samson was sentenced to 291 years in prison. He must serve 85 percent of his attempted murder sentences and 30 percent of his aggravated assault sentences.