ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — On Wednesday morning, emotions ran high in a Coffee County courtroom, as an Enterprise woman was sentenced for manslaughter in a fatal shooting nearly three years ago.
There was a large police presence in court, due to several outbursts made by the victim’s family and friends in court during last month’s trial.
On Wednesday, Pike/Coffee Counties Circuit Judge Shannon Clark sentenced Erica Alexander to 17 years
in a state penitentiary. Last month, a Coffee County jury convicted the 36-year-old Enterprise woman of a lesser charge of manslaughter.
She was being tried for the July 2019 murder of LaTshoa Jones. The 31-year-old victim had been fatally shot in the back of the head.
There was a large police presence both in and outside the Coffee County courthouse in Enterprise
on several occasions during the trial, Jone’s family had been warned about any courtroom outbursts.
They are unhappy Alexander did not get a life sentence.
Jennifer Ann-Johnson is the victim’s cousin.
“I’m not going to tell you how I feel because I don’t need that backlash, but Erica Alexander will never again walk the streets of Enterprise safely,” Johnson said. “You can take that to the bank.”
Following the sentencing in an Enterprise courtroom, the victim’s son says his mother was done wrong twice.”
“All we’re going to say is that we didn’t get no justice,” Cuzio Jones said. “We never get no justice. It’s her son.” Do you feel your mother has been wronged twice I gather? Been doing wrong the whole trial. It’s Enterprise, Alabama.”
During courtroom testimony last month, the shooting was prompted by a relationship the victim
was having with a man. The incident occurred outside a home on White Street outside of