Man in fatal road-rage shooting gets 18 years in prison
John Stuart. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
A Phoenix man who shot another motorist to death in a fit of road rage in 2008 was sentenced to 18 years in prison Friday morning.
Judge Sherry Stephens sentenced John Stuart to 18 years for second-degree murder and 14 years for a drive-by shooting. Stephens ordered the sentences to run concurrently with credit for time served.
A Maricopa County jury in September found Stuart, 51, guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Thomas Beasley on Jan. 29, 2008. The men got into a shouting match at a red light near Tatum and Pinnacle Peak roads.
Police documents show Beasley got out of his car and went up to Stuart, and Stuart claimed he shot Beasley in self-defense, an argument the jury didn't buy.
The case against Stuart encountered lengthy delays. Multiple defense attorneys were appointed and later withdrew. Stuart, who acted as his own attorney, filed numerous pre-trial motions.
The first trial lasted 29 days before a mistrial was declared. The jury in the second trial deliberated for eight hours over three days before finding Stuart guilty on both counts.