Former College Football Player Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murder

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William Riley Gaul, a former Division III college football player, was found guilty of the 2016 murder of his girlfriend, 16-year-old cheerleader Emma Walker, and has received a life sentence. Gaul, who played football at Maryville College in Tennessee, was convicted of first-degree murder. He is not eligible for parole for at least 51 years. Gaul killed Walker after becoming upset when he ended their two-year relationship.

Here is more information on Walker’s murder, via ESPN:

Both sides agreed Gaul fired the shots from outside the Walker family’s home in Knoxville. The debate was over his state of mind at the time.

Prosecutors said Gaul intended to kill his ex-girlfriend in anger over the end of their two-year relationship. Defense lawyer Wesley Stone said Gaul never intended to harm Walker and should be convicted of the lesser charge of reckless homicide.

Gaul also was found guilty of felony murder, stalking, tampering with evidence, theft of between $500 and $1,000, and possession of a firearm in a dangerous felony. Gaul had pleaded guilty before trial to reckless endangerment. Sentencing on the non-murder convictions was scheduled for July 20.