KNOXVILLE, Tenn. A 22-year-old man was sentenced today to 45 years in prison for shooting to death a member of TVA Employees CU and firing on several other members outside the credit union in December 2010.
Brandon Johnson shot Davida Nicholson, tried to kill her autistic son and either shot at or threatened to shoot three other members at the drive-thru of the credit union, according to police.
Johnson walked into the credit union parking with two guns and a plan to rob the members. The 46-year-old Nicholson was in the driver's seat of a silver Mazda B4000 pickup truck while she was using an ATM. She was accompanied by her 21-year-old son, Richard Vowell, who is mentally disabled.
Johnson approached Nicholson at the ATM. She tried to drive away, but Johnson shot her with one of two handguns he carried, causing Nicholson to crash the truck into the corner of the credit union building near the ATMs.
Johnson then opened fire on another member in a vehicle at the ATM, who escaped injury. The gunman fired several rounds in the parking lot at two other members who also escaped injury.
Police later fired on Johnson when he pointed a gun at responding officers. He suffered a grazing wound to the neck.
Johnson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Nicholson's death, attempted murder in connection with the other shootings and three counts of aggravated assault involving the three other members.