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Jurors Finds Tamik Kirkland Guilty of 2011 Springfield Murder

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A man has been convicted of killing a man inside a Springfield barbershop.

26-year-old Tamik Kirkland has been found guilty of all counts against him, including first degree murder and assault charges.

Jurors delivered their verdict Wednesday morning in Hampden County Superior Court. They began deliberations Tuesday afternoon.

In April 2011, Kirkland broke out of a Shirley prison.

Five days later, he went on to shoot and kill Sheldon Innocent, who was inside Bill Brown’s House of Beauty in Springfield.

Kirkland then took off from that scene, and ended up in a shootout with police, hitting two officers with gunfire as they tried to apprehend him.

Kirkland was also convicted of shooting the barber, Darryl King, who survived and is still recovering from his bullet wounds.

“I deal with pain every day, chronic pain every day for my right hand that’s paralyzed at the finger, it’s going to be like that the rest of my life, my foot got reconstructed,” says King.

Kirkland was shot six times by police during the shootout.

The former wife of Sheldon Innocent says she was left with an 11-month old son Xavier after her husband was killed.

“It’s been a struggle, like I said in the courtroom, he won’t be able to see his son grow up but I know he’s watching down on us,” says Savannah Sanders Innocent.

Innocent’s mother remembers her son.

“My son was a person who tried to have goals in his life and he cared about his family and he wanted to raise his son,” says Emily Innocent.

Innocent’s father-in-law, C.C. Sanders, says justice was served by the verdict, “We did get justice but I lost my best friend, I lost my son-in-law, I lost my son all in the blink of an eye,” says Sanders.

Kirkland was sentenced to life in prison, to be served at MCI-Cedar Junction in Walpole.

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