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Horatio Lewis Rice

By DAVID MELSON - dmelson@t-g.com
Posted 4/21/22

Horatio Lewis Rice will spend the remainder of his life behind bars for murdering a 14-year-old Shelbyville teen in 2021.

Rice was sentenced to life without parole on a charge of first degree …

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Horatio Lewis Rice

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Horatio Lewis Rice will spend the remainder of his life behind bars for murdering a 14-year-old Shelbyville teen in 2021.

Rice was sentenced to life without parole on a charge of first degree murder at a sentencing hearing this week.

Rice fatally shot Shelbyville Central High School freshman Israel Domingo Pascual to death in his brother’s car outside a Shelbyville laundromat Sept. 13.

The brothers had been doing the family’s laundry when Rice burst from the shadows and fired six rounds into the vehicle of Adolfo Sebastion Pascual. One of the shots hit Israel in the head.

Investigators said Rice mistook the Nissan Altima for a similar vehicle belonging to a drug dealer. The victim and his brother had no connection to Rice, police said.

Rice was sentenced to 40 years at 35 percent on a second charge of first degree murder for the risk to Sebastion’s life, court records indicate.

A sentence of 10 years for employing a firearm with the intent to go armed was also levied. A charge of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon was dismissed.

All counts are consecutive to one another and consecutive to any other sentence.

Rice and a friend, Tiffany Taylor, fled Shelbyville after the shooting and spray painted her vehicle in an attempt to escape. They were arrested four days later at a resort in Tunica, Mississippi

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