Jacob Evans felt he needed a gun for protection - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Jacob Evans felt he needed a gun for protection

Jacob Evans remembers when police came to arrest him Monday.

"I knew I had to go to jail," he said. "I just came like I was supposed to."

Evans was the crime victim who turned on a 17 year-old who was trying to rob him, and shot him to death. Evans wasn't arrested for that incident, which was ruled justifiable. He is now behind bars because he violated his parole, by having a gun after a murder conviction 36 years ago.

Evans was released from prison in the mid-nineties. He told Action News 5 Thursday he knew he wasn't supposed to have a gun.

"Of course I knew. If I told you I didn't I'd be telling you the biggest lie in the world," he said. "I knew, but I was drove to a point where you just don't know what to do."

Evans said he bought a gun off the street after he was robbed twice in his own front yard.

"I went looking for a gun. I'm not going to lie to you," he said. "I went looking for a gun, not to go looking for them because they robbed me, but for the future."

That future happened when Evans was jumped in his own front yard by two teenagers. He says they drove him to his bank to force him to withdraw money. While one of the would-be robbers was in the bank, Evans shot the teen who was in the car watching him.

Evans didn't want to talk about the murder that put him behind bars more than 30 years ago. He shot his mother in law by accident while shooting at another man.

Evans said he will go before the parole revocation board Friday, and hopes the board will let him out. He said when he does get out he's moving to another area, and he won't touch guns anymore.

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