SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — A Jackson County man who pleaded guilty to shooting and killing his girlfriend earlier this year will spend the next three decades in prison.
Eddie Charles Chandler, 53, was scheduled to go on trial Monday, November 5, for the January 23 murder of 53-year-old Sherry Cruthirds Necaise.
He entered a guilty plea last week, and a judge sentenced him Friday to 30 years.
Deputies discovered the death after responding to a 911 call Chandler made from his home in Henagar, just inside the Jackson County line.
Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen said Chandler initially told deputies he came home from his work as a truck driver and found Necaise shot to death.
She was also a truck driver, from Mississippi, and was staying with Chandler that week.
Later he told investigators there was an argument and he got his gun but didn’t think any bullets hit Necaise.
Harnen said Chandler also told deputies he tried to get rid of the rifle.
“The information we initially received was about the gun being thrown in the river,” he said.
“We were making attempts to try to recover that when we were told that it was not in the river, but hidden on the property up on the mountain.”
Deputies initially arrested Chandler for a violating the probation of a 2010 domestic violence conviction which prohibited him from having a firearm.
Prosecutors charged him with Necaise’s murder one day later.
As part of a plea agreement for the arrest in 2010, Chandler’s had a six-month suspended jail sentence to go along with his probation for 24 months.
As a result of this arrest, he served six months in jail and posted a $255,000 bond in July.
This was the second shooting death reported by Chandler; both were at the same home.
In the mid 1990s, he contacted law enforcement and told them he came home from work and found his wife shot to death.
She was eight months pregnant at the time, and it was treated as a suicide.
Sheriff Chuck Phillips said that death investigation was never closed.