Memphis man sentenced to prison for shooting man over CB radio dispute

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Shooting victim James Buckley, left, discusses a photograph with Macomb County District Court Judge Jennifer Andary during an exam hearing for Kirk Stewart in May. Stewart was sentenced Tuesday for assault with intent to commit murder.
Shooting victim James Buckley, left, discusses a photograph with Macomb County District Court Judge Jennifer Andary during an exam hearing for Kirk Stewart in May. Stewart was sentenced Tuesday for assault with intent to commit murder.

A Memphis, Michigan, man was sentenced to prison Tuesday for shooting another man because of an ongoing CB radio dispute.

Kirk Stewart was sentenced to between 4 years and three months and 10 years in prison, with credit for 265 days served.

Stewart pleaded guilty to one count of assault with intent to murder for shooting Fort Gratiot resident James Buckley on March 17.

Randy Rodnick, Stewart's attorney, argued for a reduced sentence by stating Stewart feared Buckley and was unsure if he had a weapon. Prior to the shooting, Rodnick said, Buckley knocked on Stewart's door and one of Buckley's friends told Stewart that Buckley was outside "to settle things" over the radio.

"Of course (Stewart's) thinking, what is this guy doing here? Does he have a gun? Is he here to hurt me?," Rodnick said.

Rodnick said Stewart, who is Black, had been harassed, threatened and called the N-word by a group of people over the CB radio for some time prior to the shooting.

Stewart declined to speak before his sentencing.

Macomb County Assistant Prosecutor Anthony Sorentino said four shell casings found at the scene indicate Stewart had intent to kill or do great bodily harm or created a very high risk of bodily harm or death.

In a victim impact statement read by the court, Buckley said he had no weapons at the time of the shooting and his hands were not in his pockets. Buckley said Stewart also threatened and harassed other people over the radio, going so far as to threaten his home and family.

The Memphis Police Department said a man who had been shot once in the leg went to a nearby business on March 17, where he was transported to the hospital.

Stewart also went to the Memphis Police Department that day and said he had shot a man outside a building on Main Street south of Bordman Road.

Contact Laura Fitzgerald at (810) 941-7072 or lfitzgeral@gannett.com.

This article originally appeared on Port Huron Times Herald: Memphis man sentenced to prison for shooting man over CB radio dispute

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