Once at the scene, police found 21-year-old Promise Mays and 62-year-old Pamela Sledd dead from apparent gunshot wounds.
Officers learned 28-year-old Gary Ferrell II fled the scene and after a brief pursuit with him, he crashed into a construction area, officials said.
Ferrell and both the victims worked at the automotive seating plant. On the day of the incident, Ferrell drove into the parking lot and parked next to Sledd’s vehicle.
Police said he opened his car's trunk, then forced Mays from her grandmother's car. Ferrell, with a gun in hand, then dragged Mays to the back of his car and tried to force her into the trunk.
Sledd then tried to rescue her granddaughter and argued with Ferrell, but he shot Sledd three times, officials said. He then shot Mays one time as she was hiding behind his car.
In April 2023, Ferrell pleaded guilty to two counts of murder.
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On Sept. 7, the Clinton County Prosecutor’s Office announced Ferrell was sentenced to 110 years in prison for the fatal shootings.
With the plea agreement, Ferrell was to be sentenced to 45 to 65 years for each murder count, and the sentences would be served consecutively, authorities said.
Prior to sentencing, psychologists and psychiatrists reportedly determined Ferrell had an intellectual disability, which meant he was not eligible for the death penalty or life without parole.
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At his sentencing, Clinton Superior Court Judge Justin H. Hunter said the murders were premeditated and “brutal and heinous,” noting that the two family members “watched the other being shot,” according to WISH-TV.
Hunter told Ferrell he "acted out an entitlement to control and possess Promise Mays, whether in life or in death, even though she had demonstrated only kindness for the many people whom she encountered in her short and precious life.”
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