It’s not clear why Carlos Jermaine Hull shot at several men celebrating an upcoming wedding at a Parkland-area sports bar.
Hull had been drinking. The victims had been drinking. And now Hull, 29, has been sentenced to three decades in prison for what followed outside the bar.
A jury last month convicted Hull — who had at least five prior felonies — of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and unlawful gun possession.
On Wednesday, Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson gave him 30 years, five months in prison.
The shooting happened Aug. 23, 2015, outside a sports bar in the 10700 block of Pacific Avenue.
According to court records, Hull hit one man in the head with a gun and shot two others — one who was wounded in the legs, abdomen and wrist. All three survived.
“What is it exactly that these men did to deserve nearly being killed?” Deputy Prosecutor Jesse Williams wrote the court ahead of sentencing. “Were they too friendly in an obnoxious way, or as one witness put it, ‘white boy wasted?’ Did one of them say something ‘disrespectful?’”
Three men could have been killed that night, he wrote, and one “will suffer greatly for the rest of his life due to the defendant’s senseless violence.”
Hull’s loved ones also wrote the court, saying he has their support and a job waiting when he’s released from prison.
“Carlos takes good care of his three children, he has one on the way,” his mother, Yolanda Hull Davis wrote. “... please let my son come home. This has to be he was at the wrong place, wrong time.”