ATOKA MAN FOUND GUILTY OF ATTEMPTED SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN HOME INVASION AND AUTO BURGLARY SPREE
COVINGTON, TENN – On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, a Tipton County jury returned a verdict of guilty as charged to the felony offenses of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, Employment of a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony, Aggravated Burglary, Burglary of a Vehicle (5 counts), Theft of Property over $1,000.00, Theft of Property over $500.00, and Theft of Property under $500.00 (2 counts) against Shelton Stone Goss, age 19, of Atoka, following a two-day jury trial in Covington. Goss was originally indicted in November, 2015, and charged with the above crimes related to the multiple auto burglaries, thefts, and attempted murder of a homeowner by firearm during a home invasion aggravated burglary, all occurring during a continuous course of criminal conduct on June 23, 2015, at homes in the Margaret Cove and Shannon Lane areas of Atoka.
The proof offered at trial by the State demonstrated that during the early morning hours of June 23, 2015, Goss broke into 5 vehicles located at the respective homes of 4 different victims, taking various items of personal property, including a semi-automatic .380 handgun and loaded magazine. Thereafter, Goss forcibly entered a residence on Shannon Lane, whereupon awakening and being confronted by the homeowners, Goss pointed the stolen handgun at the homeowner and attempted to fire the weapon multiple times. Goss was ultimately subdued by the victim, who wrestled the firearm away from him and held him until police arrived. Upon arrest, Goss was found to be in possession of multiple items of stolen personal property from other victims, as well as another .38 caliber revolver. Goss claimed voluntary intoxication as a defense at trial, which was rejected by the jury.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in the Tipton County Circuit Court, Circuit Judge Joseph H. Walker, III., presiding. As a Standard, Range I Offender, Goss faces sentences of 8-12 years for the Attempted 2nd Degree Murder conviction; 6 years for the Employment of a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony conviction; 3 years for the Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony conviction; 3-6 years for the Aggravated Burglary conviction; 2-4 years for the Theft of Property over $1,000.00 conviction; 1-2 years for each of the Burglary of a Vehicle and Theft of Property over $500.00 convictions; and 11 months, 29 days for each of the Theft of Property under $500.00 convictions.
The District Attorney’s Office would like to thank Investigator Chris Ellwood of the Atoka Police Department for his excellent police work in investigating and arresting the Defendant in this case, and would further like to recognize Assistant District Attorney General Walt Freeland, who did an outstanding job in preparing and presenting this violent and disturbing case to the jury. “This case demonstrates the continuing commitment of the District Attorney’s Office in aggressively prosecuting and holding accountable any person who commits home invasion violence in this district, and I am glad that we were able to achieve justice for the multiple victims in this case”, said District Attorney General Mike Dunavant.
This article originally appeared as a press release from the office of Mike Dunavant, District Attorney General.