NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A judge’s son accused of murdering a man in Nashville and then shooting a Shelbyville woman in the face has accepted a plea deal.
Sam Rich agreed to plea deal of 99 years in the murder of Will Warner after he was previously sentenced to 59 years for shooting Gracie Perryman in 2021. The sentences will be served concurrently with no possibility for parole.
Warner was shot multiple times hours earlier and then found on the side of the road in West Nashville.
After killing Warner, investigators said Rich went to Warner’s home in Shelbyville where he had planned to steal money. Those plans were reportedly botched when Warner’s former girlfriend, Perryman, walked in and Rich shot her in the face.
“He executed him,” Warner’s father stated. “He shot him three times in the back and then he got out of the car and shot him in the back of the head.”
“He threatened us for two years. He broke into our house twice, we had him arrested,” the heartbroken father explained.
Meanwhile, Perryman continues her physical and mental recovery.
“It went under my right eye and came out under my left ear,” she said as she showed News 2, adding that bullet fragments still remain in her face.
It’s been difficult for Perryman to stay focused first on surviving and now on her mission of making sure her shooter doesn’t win.
“None of the physical pain I have endured can compare to the emotional toll this monster has caused me,” Perryman cried from the stand.
“I feel like I have to constantly look over my shoulder and that I just don’t live life like I used to. I’m terrified to go to the gas station by myself and even to go out to eat with my family, just being in this town is terrifying,” explained Perryman.
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Rich was previously sentenced to 59 years in Bedford County for the attempted murder of Perryman, the maximum for each count with consecutive sentencing where applicable. His father is a judge in Bedford County.