Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Man Sentenced to 52 years to Life in Arcata Shooting

Posted By on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 2:15 PM

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Two months after being convicted by a jury of second degree murder, Billy Joe Giddings, 38, was sentenced today to 52 years to life in prison for the death of Arcata resident Trevor Mark Harrison in a marijuana deal gone wrong.

Another defendant, Robert Louis Huntzinger, was acquitted but still faces charges in unrelated cases. Harrison’s mother was trying to buy marijuana from the pair when her son was shot inside her home on May 9, 2015. He was 38.

Press release from the District Attorney’s Office:
Today, District Attorney Maggie Fleming announced that Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Dale Reinholtsen sentenced 38-year-old Billy Joe Giddings to 52 years to life in prison; Mr. Giddings must serve 52 years before he will be eligible for parole. On June 27, 2017, a Humboldt County jury found Giddings guilty of the second degree murder of Trevor Harrison, with the special allegation of use of a firearm causing death, and four counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm.

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