Julius Catlett Jr., who was convicted in the 2016 murder of Shaun Smith, was sentenced to 65 years in prison in Christian Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon.
Catlett appeared with defense attorney Jared Smith, who informed the court that Catlett does intend to file an appeal against the jury’s guilty verdict.
Smith will have 30 days to file an appeal on Catlett’s behalf. Circuit Judge Andrew Self imposed the jury’s recommended sentence of 65 years for the charges of first-degree murder, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and second-degree persistent felony offender.
He will receive credit for time served. Catlett is convicted of shooting Smith five times at a party on Younglove Street in September of 2016 and then fleeing to Indiana, where he was taken into custody ten days later. He was found guilty of that crime following a jury trial in June.