JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 23-year-old Jacksonville man was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to 40 years in prison, with a 30-year minimum mandatory, for attempted second-degree murder, attempted armed robbery and armed burglary.
Anthony Palmer was convicted last month.
In June 2012, Palmer and his co-defendant kicked in the front door, pointed their guns and demanded money from the two victims, who were inside their Shelby Avenue home on the Westside, according to prosecutors.
During the altercation, one of the victims armed himself with a pistol after witnessing the other victim being held at gunpoint, prosecutors said. They said a shootout between Palmer, his co-defendant and the victims then took place.
One of the victims was struck twice in the leg, but later recovered from his injuries. Palmer and his co-defendant then fled the scene on foot to a nearby vehicle, prosecutors said.
The investigation revealed that hours before the shooting, Palmer and his co-defendant went to the home to purchase a vehicle with cash in response to a Craigslist ad posted by the victims.