RAINSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Fort Payne man accused of shooting two people at Fred’s store in Rainsville in 2012 has pleaded guilty.
Kelly Jack Mayo pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder Thursday in the shootings of Matthew Whitt and Josh Nance.
DeKalb County District Attorney Mike O’Dell said this was the result of a plea bargain agreement between prosecutors, the victims of the shooting and Mayo and his lawyer, Stephen Bussman.
“Deputy District Attorney Bob Johnston and I previously had been meeting with our victims, Josh Nance and Matthew Whitt, concerning the proposed settlement in these cases. Both advised us that they approved the agreement and wanted to go forward with the guilty pleas,” said District Attorney O’Dell.
Mayo appeared before Circuit Judge Randall Cole on Thursday, who sentenced him to 25 years in prison on each count. Mayo must also pay court costs and restitution.
Matthew Whitt, 41, uses a cane to get around. He witnessed Mayo’s guilty plea in person. Josh Nance, 27, is still confined to a wheelchair from his injuries. He took part in the negotiations by phone, O’Dell said.
Both men were working at Fred’s the night of August 24, 2012, when investigators say Mayo came after closing time and robbed and shot both of them in the back.
“It has been a long, arduous journey for both these men,” said O’Dell. “They have shown great courage and determination in their efforts to recover from this senseless attack. Although they have made tremendous progress, they both have a long way to go to return to physical normalcy in their lives. Through this process, however, they have never wavered in their pursuit of justice. I believe both men will now be able start the emotional healing process since Mayo has been brought to justice and has been held accountable for his egregious acts perpetrated against them.”
Mayo’s trial was scheduled to begin Monday.
Mayo was arrested in October 2012 in Cedartown, Georgia after a robbery at a Fred’s there. He faces more charges in that case. He was previously employed by a Fred’s in Georgia.