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Trevor Cantrell sentenced to life in prison for 2016 Sonic murder

Published: Apr. 11, 2022 at 2:01 PM CDT
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LIMESTONE Co., Ala. (WAFF) - Life in prison, that is what one man will serve for shooting and killing a teenager outside Sonic on County Line Road.

On Monday, Trevor Cantrell pleaded guilty to felony murder and was sentenced to life in prison. Cantrell pleaded guilty to a 2016 crime in which he and Dacedric Ward shot Jason West at a Sonic.

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“We have come to a point where Dacedric Ward has been found guilty and has been sentenced to life in prison and today Trevor Cantrell, the co-defendant was sentenced to life in prison for felony murder after a guilty plea,” said Jason West’s mom, Maureen Mack.

The day after Christmas in 2016, 19-year-old, Trevor Cantrell and 22-year-old, Dacedric Ward met 18-year-old, Jason West in the back of a Madison Sonic for a drug deal.

During the exchange, Ward shot and killed West and took off. Now, more than 5 years later, Mack is grateful justice is served.

“Throughout the process from the day that happened to today the justice system has worked the way it ought to. We are just very thankful to the many many individuals who made sure that the people who killed our son were brought to justice,” said Mack.

Cantrell’s trial was set to start just one week from today- but instead Limestone County D-A Brian Jones says he submitted guilty plea Monday.

“In Ward’s case he was sentenced to life without parole. So he will spend the rest of his natural life in prison. Trevor Cantrell pled to felony murder and life and so what happens now is he will go to the Department of Corrections and the Department of Corrections will determine when he becomes eligible for parole,” said Jones.

The family is happy to have one small part of Jason’s death behind them

“None of the outcomes are good. Three young men will not have a life now. As for what’s next for the family. We will continue to parent our other children and we are glad to put some of this in the rearview mirror,” said Mack.

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