Trayvon Dorsey, 21, received a 30-year prison term for his April 25 no contest plea north of Panama City. It came on the day his trial was scheduled to begin.
That led to an argument as the group left the restroom. Authorities say Dorsey pulled out a gun and shot suspected drug dealer Shannon Weatherington twice. Weatherington died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
“Whatever the circumstances, verbal disputes cannot be settled by gunfire and deadly force,” Jackson County Chief Prosecutor Shalla Jefcoat said.
WMBB-TV reported Dorsey, a native of nearby Dothan, Alabama, outran the law for almost a year before he was captured.
A statement from Florida State Attorney Larry Basford noted Dorsey also paid for a haircut with counterfeit bills before heading to the restaurant.
Under Florida law, Dorsey will not be eligible for parole for 25 years.
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