Bar owner sentenced to 20 years in country musician’s murder

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Wayne Mills

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Nashville bar owner who shot and killed country musician Wayne Mills has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Chris Ferrell shot Mills in 2013 after the friends had been drinking at Ferrell’s now-closed bar, the Pit and Barrel.

Witnesses said the two argued about Mills smoking inside the bar, and Mills threatened to kill Ferrell before Ferrell shot Mills.

Ferrell claimed self-defense, but he was convicted of second-degree murder.

The Tennessean reports Nashville Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier said he did not think Ferrell was strongly provoked before the shooting. He cited testimony that Ferrell was 15 to 20 feet away from Mills, who was leaving. Mills was shot in the back of the head.

Ferrell’s attorney promised to appeal the case and seek a new trial.