Road rage shooting of couple, grandchild sends two Alabama men to prison

Published 2:27 pm Saturday, April 29, 2023

Two Alabama men accused in a 2021 road rage shooting at a pair of grandparents and their grandchild were sentenced last week to state prison on attempted murder.

Rhett Churchwell and Tommie Fulmer were each sentenced this month for attempted murder from a 2021 incident.

On April 26, Churchwell was sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempted murder. Court documents state this would be consecutive to any other sentence being served.

Churchwell was also fined $500.

Fulmer was sentenced to 20 years for each of three counts of attempted murder on April 5. According to court documentation, these sentences will be concurrent.

He is also being charged a $7,500 fine. The 2021 incident involved a shooting into an occupied vehicle, and was thought at the time to be road rage.

Chilton County Sheriff John Shearon had said the vehicle driver’s told law enforcement that the suspects had been driving closely behind his vehicle and driving erratically.

When the victim had pulled over to let them pass, they would not. Also in the vehicle were the victim’s wife and grandchild. Both of which sustained no physical injuries.

Fulmer has also been sentenced to 20 years for assault first degree and a fine of $1,000 from a Jan. 30, 2022 incident. This sentence is consecutive to the other sentence he is serving.

In this case, according to Clanton Police Department information released at that time, Fulmer had been attempting to sell narcotics to Kevonte’ Robinson, David Threatt and Juwan McMillian when one of those three stole the narcotics from Fulmer. As the trio drove away, Fulmer shot into the vehicle.