Man Sentenced To Life For Murder

A local man was tried and found guilty on the charges of first-degree murder, aggravated arson, theft over $1,000 and two counts of tampering with evidence, ultimately receiving a lifetime sentence on Dec. 17.

Kevin Meadows, 37, of Gainesboro was indicted on the charges of first-degree murder, aggravated arson, theft over $1,000 and two counts of tampering with evidence after a murder took place in Jackson County in May of 2018.

As previously reported by The Jackson County Sentinel, an investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the arrest of Meadows, who faced murder and other charges, stemming from a homicide in 2018 and was found guilty after a four-day trial that took place late last month.

At the request of the 15th District Attorney General Tommy Thompson, on May 11, 2018 TBI Agents joined investigators with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in investigating the homicide of Solomon Minder, 71, of Gainesboro. The victim was found deceased in his McCoinsville Road residence in Gainesboro. The investigation revealed evidence that a fire had been set inside the home. During the course of the investigation, agents and investigators developed information that identified Meadows, an acquaintance of the victim, as the individual responsible for Minder’s death.

After the guilty verdict, Meadows is facing sentences for first-degree murder, aggravated arson, theft over $1,000, and two counts of tampering with evidence, which could result in a life sentence plus up to an additional 39 years.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Jackson County Sentinel.

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