Man sentenced for shooting nephew at birthday party

Published On: Jan 10 2013 05:35:47 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 10 2013 05:36:42 PM EST

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Leephor Spivey


A Jacksonville man was sentenced Thursday afternoon to 23 years in prison for shooting his nephew at a New Year's Day birthday party.

Leephor Spivey was sentenced to 23 years on one count of attempted manslaughter with a weapon. He also received 23 years, with a three-year minimum-mandatory, on a possession of a firearm by a convicted felon charge. The sentences run concurrently.

The 2012 shooting stemmed from an argument Spivey had with his nephew, Bryan Williams, at a family birthday celebration. Williams was shot three times and spent two months in the hospital due to his injuries.

Spivey is a habitual felony offender. He has felony convictions for DUI and aggravated assault.


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