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Myers pleads guilty to charges in 2017 murder, kidnapping cases

The man who shot and killed his ex-wife’s new husband in the parking lot of the Clinton Walmart in 2017 pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in that case on Monday and also pleaded guilty to charges in a case from earlier in 2017 that left a woman with serious injuries.

33-year-old Robert “Robbie” Keith Myers pleaded guilty in Anderson County Criminal Court to second-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Marshall Pinsley of Blaine, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison on that conviction. He also pleaded guilty to the attempted second-degree murder and the kidnapping of Brandy Moneymaker that occurred in February of 2017, receiving a 12-year sentence in exchange for that plea. He was ordered to serve those sentences consecutively, with no chance of parole, making it effectively a 27-year sentence.

Myers admitted to shooting and killing Pinsley in front of the entrance to the lawn & garden section of the Walmart on Tanner Lane in Clinton on April 28th, 2017. Pinsley was married to Myers’ ex-wife and the two men had an oingoing disagreement about child visitation issues. On that day, a chance encounter on the road near the store resulted in Pinsley following Myers’ vehicle into the parking lot, getting out of his car and approaching the driver’s side of Myers’ vehicle, at which point Myers shot Pinsley, striking him once and killing him.

Myers also admitted that on February 8th of 2017, that he had tried to kill Moneymaker and left her for dead by the side of a rural mountain road. Moneymaker told deputies that Myers had savagely beaten her at his home on Airbase Road in Briceville, driven her to a remote mining area and forced her out of the car. Myers admitted to firing at least one shot at Moneymaker, and, believing that “he had fatally struck Moneymaker with a bullet,” left her for dead. Despite several cuts, broken bones and a brain injury, she managed to walk to a nearby home and call for help.

She was taken to UT Medical Center, where she underwent emergency surgery.

According to a release from Seventh Judicial District Attorney General Dave Clark, Ms. Moneymaker and Pinsley’s family agreed to the plea bargain and were present in court on Monday when the guilty pleas were entered and the sentences handed down.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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