Man Sentenced to Life in Prison After Murdering Game Warden

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Have You Been Following This Sad Story?

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Sometimes you read positive, encouraging stories. Sometimes you read the alternative. This post is one of those.

This is an ongoing story that dates back to 2014. According to The Chipley Paper and Washington County News, Zachary Tyler Wood and his co-defendant murdered James “Coon” Shores on April 19, 2014. According to the report, the two men had been out mudding on Shores’ property before getting stuck. They ransacked Shores’ home and were trying to get the vehicle unstuck when Shores found them there and instructed them to get off his property. Shortly thereafter, the unthinkable crime was committed.

In 2016, after committing the crime, Wood was sentenced with the death penalty. However, it was recently overturned by Florida’s Supreme Court.

The following statements were released by The Chipley Paper in regard to his resentencing:

“Zachary Tyler Wood will join his co-defendant in the murder of Washington County retired game warden James "Coon" Shores on a life sentence followed by 200 additional consecutive years.

“Wood's co-defendant in the case, Dillon Scott Rafsky, pled no contest to the crimes before Judge Patterson last month and received an identical sentence.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of James “Coon” Shores.

Click here to read the full story from The Chipley Paper.