JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 25-year-old man was sentenced to three life time sentences for his involvement in a shooting from 2012 in Jacksonville. Joshua Eugene Brightman was charged in May with second-degree attempted murder, attempted armed robbery and armed burglary. He is facing 15 years in prison with a three year minimum mandatory for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
In June 2012, Brightman and his co-defendant, Anthony Palmer, kicked in the front door of the victims' residence, pointed their guns and demanded money from them. During the altercation, one of the victims armed himself with a pistol after witnessing the other victim being held at gunpoint. Then a shootout between Palmer, Brightman and the victims occurred. One of the victims was struck twice in the leg, but later recovered from his injuries.
According to the State Attorney's Office, the investigation revealed that hours before the shooting, Brightman and Palmer went to the residence to buy a vehicle with cash in response to a Craigslist ad posted by the victims.
Palmer was convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison on charges of second-degree attempted murder, attempted armed robbery and armed burglary.