A 69-year-old man who shot a stranger in the back outside a West Seattle bar has been sentenced to 11 1/2 years in prison, according to the West Seattle Blog.
Lovett “Cid” Chambers fatally shot Michael “Travis” Hood, who had moved to Seattle from Jacksonville, Fla., soon before his January 2012 death. Hood was out celebrating his first paycheck with a friend at the Feedback Lounge in West Seattle.
During Chambers’ trial, prosecutors argued that Chambers was heavily intoxicated and shot 35-year-old Hood for no apparent reason. The defense argued that Chambers, who is black, felt threatened by the two white men and fired in self-defense.
Chambers, who owned a small IT business in West Seattle, was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter.
During the six week trial, defense attorney Lauren McLane said that Hood and his friend followed Chambers and hurled “vile racial epithets at him.” She told jurors Chambers shot Hood to protect himself from being assaulted with a shovel.
Chambers’ experiences in detention as a youth and young adult and later in prison in racially charged atmospheres shaped his view of police as violent and indifferent, McLane said.
She said he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder because of his experiences, and that because of the disorder he doesn’t remember anything about the shooting.
Prosecutor Mari Isaacson said during the trial that Chambers had been heavily intoxicated before the shooting, and his blood alcohol was measured at 0.20 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, six hours after the shooting. He also frequently changed his story during interviews after his arrest about 1½ hours after the shooting, Isaacson said.
Chambers has prior convictions for kidnapping, rape and several armed robberies.