Separate case nets shooting suspect prison

The man accused of attempted murder in connection with a December bus stop shooting was sentenced Monday in a separate case.

District Judge David Wall sentenced Nicco Tatum, 19, to spend 13 to 35 years in prison for shooting and wounding Tracy Beavers days before the bus stop shooting.

“I was hoping he’d get a little more,” said Beavers, 41.

Tatum shot Beavers several times on Dec. 5 after he and a group of teens taunted her dog. Beavers said Monday after the sentencing that she remains in a wheelchair because of her injuries. She was shot in the stomach and groin area.

Beavers, a mother of six, attended the College of Southern Nevada at the time of the shooting, working toward her associate degree in accounting. Beavers now has trouble driving for longer than 45 minutes, which makes it difficult to see her son serving in the military in San Diego.

“It (the shooting) has changed my life in so many ways there are too many to name,” she said.

In January, a grand jury indicted Tatum, Dresden Williams, 18, and Franklin Jackson, 17, on multiple counts in connection with the Dec. 11 bus stop shooting at Walnut and Alexander roads, including attempted murder and battery. Six people, ages 14 to 21, were struck by bullets during the bus stop shooting.

Authorities accused the trio of plotting to ambush a Mojave High School student because Tatum got into an altercation with the student.

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