Texas man sentenced for Thanksgiving Day killing

On Friday, November 8, an ex-convict from Texas was sentenced to 99 years in jail for shooting a man last Thanksgiving Day.

Thirty-year-old Artis Leon Polk Jr. reportedly procured a semiautomatic assault rifle from a Dallas gun dealer two days before shooting and killing 23-year-old Charles Knighten. Knighten was the ex-boyfriend of Polk’s girlfriend.

In addition to the sentence of 99 years, the jury gave Polk 20 years for the unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. According to the Tarrant County district attorney’s office, presiding Judge Ruben Gonzalez ordered that Polk serve the two sentences concurrently.

Polk had former convictions for criminal charges of drug possession, vehicle theft, burglary, and aggravated robbery.

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