A man was sentenced to prison this morning in Wilkes Superior Court for his part in a Dec. 20, 2011 murder on Wiles Ridge Road in the Hays community.
Brandon James McGrady, 26, pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder in the shooting death of his cousin, 51-year-old James Allen “Jimmy” Shore.
McGrady was sentenced by Judge Stuart Albright of Greensboro to not less than three years and six months nor more than five years and four months in prison. The lower end of the sentence must be served without possibility of parole.
McGrady was sentenced in the mitigated (lowest) range because of his prior military service. He was represented at the sentencing hearing by attorney Garland Baker of Ashe County.
Prosecuting for the state were District Attorney Tom Horner and Assistant District Attorney Leigh Bricker.
On Aug. 8, a jury in Wilkes Superior Court convicted McGrady’s father, Charles Anthony, “Tony” McGrady, of first-degree murder in Shore’s death.
According to trial testimony, a dispute between Tony McGrady and Shore began after Shore’s dog got loose and attacked McGrady’s dog in 2009. The men were first cousins and lived in mobile homes across from each other on Wiles Ridge Road.
The hard feelings escalated over the next two years and culminated in the murder, which occurred in front of Shore’s home.
Testimony was that on the morning of the killing, Tony McGrady and Brandon McGrady rode to their mailboxes on a golf cart driven by the elder McGrady. Tony McGrady yelled at Shore, who was in his yard.
Shore came to the golf cart and an altercation began, witnesses said. Brandon McGrady handed his father an assault rifle that was in the golf cart.
Shore dived into the golf cart and, after a brief struggle, Tony McGrady pulled out a 9mm pistol and shot his cousin a number of times, according to testimony.
Shore died in an ambulance as paramedics were attempting to render medical assistance.