Texas Boy, 13, Gets 12 Years for Killing Drive-in Worker

He was 12 years old when he shot man involved in altercation with his uncle
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2023 8:43 AM CDT
Updated Nov 15, 2023 5:05 PM CST
Cops: Boy, 12, Charged With Killing Sonic Worker With AR-15
Matthew Davis, top, with family members.   (GoFundMe)
UPDATE Nov 15, 2023 5:05 PM CST

A Texas boy who was 12 years old when he fatally shot a Sonic Drive-in employee in May has been sentenced to 12 years of incarceration after being convicted of murder. The boy, now 13, will begin his sentence in juvenile detention and could later be transferred to adult prison, USA Today reports. Police said the boy shot 32-year-old Matthew Davis multiple times with an AR-15-style rifle after Davis confronted his uncle about "disorderly conduct" in the parking lot of the Keene restaurant and the two men fought. The boy's lawyer, Seth Fuller, said the sentence "matches the 'eye for an eye' sentiment I have come to expect from rural Texas counties," the AP reports.

May 16, 2023 8:43 AM CDT

A 12-year-old is charged with fatally shooting a Sonic employee in Texas. The employee, 32-year-old Matthew Davis, had confronted 20-year-old Angel Gomez after seeing him peeing in the parking lot of the restaurant in Keene around 9:40pm Saturday, police say, per KXAS. At some point, a physical altercation ensued. Police say the 12-year-old used an AR-15 to open fire on Davis from the backseat of Gomez's vehicle, hitting him multiple times, per NPR and KDFW. Davis was flown to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Gomez and the 12-year-old fled the scene, though Gomez later returned, police say.

He is charged with murder along with the minor, who was arrested later Saturday in Rio Vista, per KXAS. Both he and Gomez are said to reside in Fort Worth. Police have not described their relationship to each other. Davis is survived by a 10-year-old son and a mother who works as a flight attendant. She learned of her son's death while on an overnight flight, according to a GoFundMe page, which has raised more than $11,000 to cover funeral and other expenses. Davis, a Louisiana native, had reportedly just moved to Keene and started his job at the restaurant two weeks ago, per KDFW. The restaurant remained closed as of Monday. (More murder stories.)

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