‘Persistent offender’ convicted in 2013 shooting death

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man classified as a persistent offender could face anywhere from 10 to 15 years behind bars after shooting and killing a man back in 2013.

Sherman Lewis, who has an extensive criminal record, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter on Friday. He will not be eligible for parole until he has completed 45 percent of his sentence.

The latest conviction stemmed from a shooting at the Mile Creek Apartments.

According to authorities, Lewis, the victim, Shadquan Exum and another man were involved in a fight.

The third man hit Exum in the face, knocking him to the ground. Exum grabbed a knife from his apartment, but the three men seemed to make amends before any violence erupted.

Lewis left the scene, but returned 30 minutes later, resuming the fight.

As one point Exum shouted “Go ahead and shoot me. I don’t care!”

That’s when Lewis opened fire.

It’s unclear what the argument was about.