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Oakhaven man convicted of birthday party murder

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Lederrius Thomas, 20, was automatically sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Rickey Mayes, 16. Lederrius Thomas, 20, was automatically sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Rickey Mayes, 16.
FRAYSER, TN -

(WMC-TV) - An automatic life sentence in prison is what an Oakhaven man earned after he was convicted of first-degree murder in a 2011 shooting that happened after a birthday party in Frayser.

Lederrius Thomas, 20, was automatically sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Rickey Mayes, 16. He still faces 15 to 25 years in prison for the attempted murder of Tarin Harris, who was 20 at the time.

"That's not how I planned it to go," said Demario Watson, who hosted the birthday party on October 2, 2011. "Party went well, party went well at first ... Kids got into an altercation."

After the party, which was being held on Melbourne Street, witnesses say Harris and Mayes got into a car to leave, but they had to stop the car because people were in the street.

Kristopher Norwood was there when the street became a crime scene.

"He [Thomas] was just shooting, at the car and I looked out my window and a car speeds off," explained Norwood.

Rickey Mayes, who was in the passenger seat, was killed.

"He was so afraid for his life," said Trigg, who lives nearby and saw the entire shooting unfold. "He couldn't duck or go anywhere."

Harris was hit by bullets and injured, but survived the shooting.

"The guy who got killed wasn't even the intended target. He [Thomas] was shooting at the driver," added Trigg.

Neighbors are happy to see justice was served.

"He didn't have to kill him. He didn't have to shoot at the car," said Norwood. "He killed the wrong person in the process."

Thomas will be sentenced for the attempted first-degree murder on April 25 by Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft.

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