JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man was quietly resentenced last year to 27 years in prison in the 2008 shooting that left a Jacksonville Jaguars player paralyzed and could be released in less than 15 years.
In September 2008, Jaguars offensive tackle Richard Collier was critically wounded in a shooting on Riverside Avenue. He and a former player had met two women at a San Marco bar and followed them home so they could drop off their car. Collier was in a car when he was shot 14 times. He was left paralyzed and had a partial leg amputation.
Tyrone Hartsfield was eventually arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder. Prosecutors said Hartsfield went gunning for payback after Collier beat him up at a bar in April 2008.
The State Attorney’s Office released discovery evidence, including an interview with Stephfan Wilson, who said Hartsfield was with him the night he spotted Collier in San Marco. He told the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office that Hartsfield was “hellbent” on getting revenge on Collier for the April beatdown. Wilson said Hartsfield “prayed” for a chance at payback.
The case went to trial in 2009, and Wilson was the state’s key witness. Wilson testified that Hartsfield got out of the car in Riverside and that he heard many shots before Hartsfield ran back and told him to drive, saying “I got the m***********.” He told the jury that Hartsfield said he burned his clothes and ditched the gun.
Collier testified but admitted he did not see the man who shot him. Hartsfield took the stand in his own defense and denied any involvement. He said Wilson lied to police to avoid going back to prison.
The six-person jury deliberated for three hours before finding Hartsfield guilty of attempted first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole as a habitual offender. His conviction was affirmed by the First District Court of Appeals in 2011.
In 2019, Hartsfield, acting as his own lawyer, filed a motion for a new trial, claiming ineffective counsel and naming several witnesses who came forward in 2013 to say Wilson lied to JSO and lied on the stand so he wouldn’t have to go back to prison. One witness even said Wilson was with him the night Collier was shot. The appeals court denied the motion that same year.
In 2021, Judge Mark Borello ordered an evidentiary hearing, which was not held.
Then on June 21, 2022, the life sentence was set aside at the motion of the state attorney’s office; Hartsfield pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder and was re-sentenced to 27 years in prison, with credit for almost 14 years of time served.
This was done with Collier’s approval.
Hartsfield, 47, was recently returned to the Duval County jail from prison. He is due in court on March 6 to finalize the case.
The State Attorney’s Office sent News4JAX the following statement:
“This case was slated to be litigated for a 3.850 motion (ineffective assistance of counsel) filed by the defendant. With the victim’s full agreement and his request for finality, the State entered into an amended sentence that called for Hartsfield to serve a total of 27 years in prison — the sum of time he has already served, plus an additional 15 years.”