Mother, son sentenced in murder of former Chaparral football player


A mother and son were sentenced in the killing of a former Chaparral High School football player who was shot in Jan. 2017.

Richard Newsome, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to life in prison on two charges. The charges were murder and weapons enhancements. Newsome could possibly receive parole after he serves 18 years in prison.

Richard Nelson, 18, was home on his holiday break when he was shot and killed trying to stop a fight involving some female family members. At the time, he was a student and a football player at Missouri State University on a full ride scholarship. His family packed the courtroom and asked for maximum sentences in the case.

During the sentencing, Newsome read a letter of apology to the family of Nelson and to his own mother who was charged with accessory to murder. He said, “You raised me the best you could and it hurts seeing me go down this road.”

Newsome’s mother, Tianna Douglas, was sentenced to 364 days in Clark County Detention Center. Douglas was at the scene of the shooting and drove her son away.  

While Nelson’s mother said she has forgiven Newsome, she can’t forgive his mother.

“If she would have been more of a responsible adult and showed him the right way then you know this would have never happened and my son would still be here and we wouldn’t even be talking,” Roxanne Bruce said.

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