John Stuart Gets Prison Time for Road-Rage Shooting, and More

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Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown of goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.

This week, the saga of a 2008 road-rage shooting comes to an end, two former employees of Valley high schools have court dates for alleged crimes against minors, and more:

  • John Stuart gets 18 years in prison

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    John Stuart was sentenced to 18 years in prison for fatally shooting a man during a road-rage incident in North Phoenix in 2008. This conviction was the result of a retrial. In the first trial, Stuart defended himself and alleged self-defense in the fatal shooting, but jurors couldn't agree. This time around, the jury convicted him of second-degree murder and drive-by shooting. Stuart's case was one of several cases explored in a recent New Times cover story on self-defense cases in which the shooter was in the driver's seat of a vehicle.

    See also: Shooting People from a Car in Alleged Self-Defense Is No Crime in Arizona

Next page: Christmas party shooter enters a plea

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