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Tennessee Waffle House shooter Travis Reinking will serve consecutive sentences


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The man convicted of shooting and killing four people in an Antioch Waffle House in 2018 was sentenced Friday on charges related to those injured in the rampage.

A jury found Travis Reinking guilty in the mass shooting that claimed the lives of four people at an Antioch Waffle House in April 2018.

He was found guilty on 16 counts:

  • 1st degree premeditated murder: 4 accounts
  • Attempted 1st degree premeditated murder: 4 accounts
  • Unlawful use of a firearm in the commission of a crime: 4 accounts
  • 1st degree murder: 4 accounts

DeEbony Groves, 21, Akilah Dasilva, 23, Taurean Sanderlin, 29, and Joe Perez, 20 were killed in the early morning hours of April 22, 2018. Four others were injured.

DeEbony Groves, 21, Joe Perez, 20, Taurean Sanderlin, 29, and Akilah Dasilva, 23.

Reinking had previously been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. On Friday, Judge Mark Fishburn recommended that his life sentences be served consecutively plus 114 years.

The shooting happened in the early morning hours of April 22, 2018 after Reinking pulled up to the Waffle House on Murfreesboro Pike, partially naked and armed with an AR-15.

It took law enforcement about 34 hours to find Reinking after the shooting. He was eventually apprehended in a wooded area on the road to Waffle House and close to the apartment complex where he was living at the time.

Reinking was treated for schizophrenia before the trial could take place. His treatment, coupled with complications caused by the pandemic, delayed the trial for several months.

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