Slain Tennessee trooper's dad's faith gets him through

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Christmas is supposed to be a happy time, but for the father of slain state trooper Calvin Jenks the holiday is a painful reminder of the last time he saw his son.

Last Christmas, Norm Jenks had everyone work around Calvin's schedule because the state trooper had to travel from Memphis for the Thompson's Station celebration.

Days later, the 24-year-old was shot and killed after pulling over a speeding car.

Just last week one of those accused in the shooting was convicted of facilitation of first degree murder. Orlando Daniel Garcia faces a prison term of 15 to 25 years, much less than if he had been convicted of murder.

The 18-year-old accused gunman, Chevo Gauna, faces trial in April.

Jenks says he tries to be strong for his family. And he aims to follow his own advice to his son: always keep your faith.

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