Teen Gets 40 Years in Alcoa Teen's Murder

By: Stephen McLamb, Bureau Chief
By: Stephen McLamb, Bureau Chief

Maryville, Blount County (WVLT) - An Alcoa teen takes a plea deal that will put him behind bars for four decades.

Renwick Andre Earls Junior pleaded guilty to murdering his friend, 16-year-old Tamir Shereef last November.

When we first met William Bryant, he was a heartbroken man who said he just wanted justice. Seven months later, he says friday, he got what he wanted.

"I finally got justice. Justice was served today,” says William Bryant, father of Tamir Shereef.

For the family of Tamir Shereef, it's been seven long months since his death and his killer's sentencing.

Not even old enough to vote, 17-year-old Renwick Andre Earls, Jr. will be close to retirement after being sentenced to 40 years behind bars.

Earls pleaded to second degree murder in the November 14, 2006 murder of 16-year-old Tamir Shereef outside an Alcoa home. This week, Shereef's father heard the details of how his son was murdered.

"He had shot Tamir once and Tamir was struggling with him for the gun for his life, you know, struggling for his life,” says William.

In the courtroom, Bryant says he looked at his son's killer, but couldn't make eye contact and never got an apology or even expected one. "No, not really. I just wanted to go on and get it over with. That will be the last time I see him."

Prosecutors said the murder was over the Shereef allegedly making advances on Earls’ girlfriend. The victim's father says it never should have happened. "They was supposed to be best friends and he could have come to me or went to Jenine and told then what the situation was instead of taking the matter into his own hands. Now his life is messed up."

Shereef was once a member of the Knoxville Track Club. Bryant says he's now a volunteer. For him, it's therapy. "I think about the good times that me and Tamir had you know, none of the bad times that we had. Over there at the track, it gives me like kinda he's watching down on us."

Since June, Bryant has stayed active with his son's track team even leaving Friday morning once court was over for a track competition.

He heads back to Knoxville for another meet in the morning.

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  • by Tiffany on Oct 2, 2007 at 12:12 AM
    I feel that Ren should have gotten more than 40 years. I also feel that it was premeditated murder and if the police that were on call did their job they would have found Tamir that night instead of 6 hours later. I think that Alcoa Police Department should be sewed by the Shereef family for not doing their job accurately. I feel that Dorian should have gotten some charges brought against him for owning a concealed weapon without a licenses. There are a lot of things that I feel Dorian should be charged with. The whole system is messed up!!! The Shereef family got justice, but I want more than that. There is more to the store than what has been said. What I don't get is why Dorian didn't try and stop Ren from shooting Tamir. If what he says is true why didn't he go to see if Tamir was still alive after Ren ran off? why didn't Dorian call the police, WHY DIDN'T HE DO SOMETHING TO STOP IT? I just don't understand, this shouldn't have happened. Ren knew his girlfriend wasn't faithfull!!!
  • by paul Location: maryville on Jun 29, 2007 at 11:29 AM
    Judge Denton done right to try him as adult. Did you know he also has all Blount Co. kids born possitive for drugs to enter state custody?


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