Restaurant shooter receives life sentences

Monday, June 8, 2009 at 3:56pm
Staff reports

The Memphis man charged in the 2007 slayings of two west Nashville restaurant employees pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder Monday.

Jason Bobo, who was 21 at the time of the crime, received two life sentences in the deaths of Chris Caris and Josh Cole, employees of Bellacino's Pizza on White Bridge Road. The sentences must be served consecutively without the possibility of parole.

Bobo, the alleged triggerman, is one of four suspects charged in the October 2007 robbery. Police said the former employee was disgruntled after being fired from the pizza restaurant.

As part of the plea agreement, Bobo waived his right to appeal to the Court of Criminal Appeals.

Alleged getaway driver Ravaughn Harris is scheduled for trial in September.

Trial dates have not been set for alleged accomplices Crystle Rutherford and Tarina Simmons.