Man convicted in fatal shooting of Fort Campbell soldier

Published 10:47 pm Monday, March 9, 2020

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — A man has been convicted in the fatal shooting of a Fort Campbell soldier more than two years ago.

A jury in Clarksville convicted Prince Jamal “PJ” Ligon on Wednesday in the death of Keondre Jenkins, the Leaf Chronicle reported.

Ligon had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jenkins, a 20-year-old private at Fort Campbell, the sprawling U.S. Army base that straddles the Kentucky and Tennessee lines. But the Montgomery County jury decided to convict on a lesser charge of reckless homicide.

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Jenkins, of Portsmouth, Va., was shot several times while sitting in a friend’s car in an apartment parking lot in January 2018. Jenkins was found dead on the ground a few parking spots away from the car.

Assistant District Attorney Alan Thompson said during closing statements that Jenkins and Ligon had an argument earlier in the day in the parking lot of the complex.

Ligon returned home, but he then got a ride back to the apartment complex, according to trial testimony.

Ligon shot 10 times into a white Nissan. Then he fled the scene.

Ligon testified that he was targeting the car, not Jenkins himself. Sentencing is set for April 1.