Jacksonville man gets life in prison for 2015 shooting death

Updated: Jul. 31, 2018 at 12:33 PM CDT
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JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) - A Cherokee County jury has sentenced a Jacksonville man to life in prison in connection with the shooting death of a Frankston man.

The jury also levied a $10,000 fine against Terry Woods on the first-degree murder charge. The jury also sentenced him to 10 years in prison on an unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon charge.

The sentence comes after the same jury found Woods guilty on July 19.

According to a press release, Woods shot Michael Hatton, 44, of Frankston, in the face with a .45-caliber handgun after the two men got into an argument about the value of stolen floor tile.

In a statement played for the jury, the defendant told police officers "I've got an anger problem." He also said that "the anger just took over."

Jacksonville police arrested Woods in October 2015 after Hatton was found with a gunshot wound in the 1000 block of Bethune Street. Hatton later died from the injury.

Police were able to arrest Woods after identifying him as the suspect after interviewing witnesses.

In the press release, the Cherokee County District Attorney's Office thanked the entire criminal investigation division of the Jacksonville Police Department. The press release also thanked Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell and his office "who ensured that this hotly contested trial ran smoothly and safely."

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