KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Knoxville man was convicted of first degree murder and other charges Thursday after a home invasion in 2013 and sentenced to a mandatory life sentence.
After a four-day trial, Quinton Emmanuel Love, 31, was convicted of first degree felony murder, especially aggravated burglary, attempted especially aggravated burglary, employment of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, and unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felony.
District Attorney General Charme Allen says Love used an acquaintance of victim John Edward Smith to convince Smith to open the door to his home on Dutch Valley Drive. Once the door was open, Love pushed his way into the residence with a handgun and tried to to rob Smith.
During a struggle, Smith was shot multiple times. During the trial, Love claimed he was not at the scene, but the jury discredited his testimony upon cross-examination.
The life sentence for felony murder means Love must spend 51 years in jail before he is eligible for parole. Sentencing for the other charges is scheduled for February 4. Prosecutors plan to ask for enhanced and consecutive sentences based on Love’s prior criminal history.