Danville man faces extended prison term after conviction in killing

Danville man faces extended prison term after conviction in killing

DANVILLE — A 57-year-old rural Danville man could spend the rest of his life in prison for the November 2012 fatal shooting of his uncle.

A Vermilion County jury deliberated for about 40 minutes this week before convicting Billy R. Richardson of first-degree murder in the death of 68-year-old Donnie L. Davis of Forsyth, Ga.

The jury also convicted Richardson of one count of aggravated battery with a firearm and one count of using a firearm in the commission of a homicide.

Richardson is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 19 in Vermilion County Circuit Court. He is eligible for an extended sentence because the murder was committed with a firearm, and he faces between 45 years and life in prison.

"We're recommending a life sentence," Vermilion County State's Attorney Randy Brinegar said. "That's what we think he deserves because of the cold-blooded nature of the crime."

During Richardson's trial, which began Monday afternoon, prosecutors put on evidence to show he killed his uncle over a dispute over property at 647 E. 13th St., Danville.

Mr. Davis, formerly of Danville, died of multiple gunshot wounds on Nov. 14, 2012.

Prosecutors said Richardson had been living on the property, but Mr. Davis had obtained possession of it through the courts. He was going to evict Richardson and take possession of the house when he was shot.

Witnesses testified that as Mr. Davis approached the property, Richardson came out of the house, argued with his uncle in the street and shot him with a handgun. Richardson then ran into a wooded area along the Vermilion River.

Vermilion County sheriff's deputies tracked Richardson to a residence on Perrysville Road, south of Danville, and arrested him without incident. The people at the residence had no connection to Richardson or the crime, according to authorities.

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