Man gets 11 years in shooting

Published 9:28 am Wednesday, June 15, 2011

COURTLAND—Alex Urquhart’s 2-year-old son will have to live without his father for 11 years.

Despite a plea for mercy and testimony about his son, Urquhart, 23, of Franklin was sentenced to 11 years in prison and $7,844 restitution for the Nov. 18, 2009, shooting of Samuel Boyd in Franklin.

“I ask the court to please have mercy on me,” Urquhart said before being sentenced on an aggravated malicious wounding charge and a charge of using a gun in commission of malicious wounding.

Urquhart said he talks to his son on the phone every day, and said his son has asked to go inside the phone “where daddy is.”

Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Cooke said the victim was “minding his own business when the defendant shot him twice.” He said Boyd was shot once in the shoulder and once in the thigh.

“It’s the sort of crime that makes people afraid to go out at night,” Cooke said. “It’s the sort of crime that makes people afraid to live in certain neighborhoods.”

Cooke asked for a 20-year sentence, despite guidelines suggesting a maximum of 11 years.

“Both wounds were potentially lethal,” Cooke said. “He was trying to kill him, but didn’t succeed.”