EDITOR'S NOTE: We erroneously reported in the print version of this story that Lockhart was to be sentenced today, Wednesday, June 14. The correct date is Thursday, June 15. We apologize for this error.


CHIPLEY - The man convicted of the July 2016 attempted murder of a local restaurant owner will learn his fate in court Thursday.

Emmanuel Forrest Lockhart, who was convicted May 24 of shooting Colonial Restaurant owner Jody Rhoda as she left the restaurant for the day, faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced today by Judge Timothy Register.

Lockhart was convicted on charges of attempt to commit first degree murder with a firearm, attempt to commit robbery with a firearm and burglary of a structure with a firearm. The charges fall under the 10/20/Life law that requires a minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years to life on each crime because Lockhart carried and discharged a firearm that caused great bodily harm during the commission of the crimes.

Check back later at www.chipleypaper.com for an update on the sentencing as soon as it is available.