Travis Steed


Jackson Man Sentenced to Life in Prison For Nightclub Shooting

JACKSON, Tenn. - A Jackson man who was convicted in the 2012 nightclub murder of a Memphis man, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday morning.

Travis Steed, 32, of Jackson was sentenced to life plus 24 years in prison for charges in the 2012 homicide of Lecarlos Todd, 19, of Memphis, at the now closed Karma Ultralounge Nightclub.

Steed had a four-day trial in Madison County Circuit Court Division II, which concluded August 23. The jury found Steed guilty of felony murder of Todd, second-degree murder of Todd, reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, and attempted second-degree murder of Triveno Freeman.

Around 2 a.m. on Feb. 26, 2012, Jackson police responded to the Karma Ultalounge at 215 W. Main Street. The investigation concluded that the shooting started behind the DJ booth as Steed pulled a handgun and confronted Triveno Freeman, of Memphis. Freeman was standing in a group of people. Steed attempted to shoot Freeman and shot and killed Todd. Steed was shot and injured by patrons inside Karma who returned gunfire in self-defense.

Steed was sentenced for the murder of LeCarlos Todd in Madison County Circuit Court Thursday morning.

His sentence includes life for felony murder, 25 years for second degree murder, and 20 years for attempted second degree murder.

Steed was previously sentenced to 12 years for a 2005 possession of cocaine and 2006 reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon charge, both of which occurred in Jackson. He was released from prison on parole in June 2011. Following his arrest on the Karma shooting, Steed's parole was revoked, and he was sent back to prison.

Seventeen other people were struck by bullets and bullet fragments during the exchange of gunfire.Two people were trampled during the melee. They were all treated and released from local hospitals. Steed was airlifted to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis in critical condition where he remained for 10 days before being released to police custody.

Steed will not be able to be paroled.


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