The first murder victim of 2008 spent time in prison for murder himself. Thirty-three-year-old Shawn King of Omaha served 10 years for attempted first-degree murder. He was shot to death Tuesday morning.
Investigators say King was attending a private party near 20th and Lake where the shooting took place around 2 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police have been speaking to witnesses, but there were no immediate arrests.
In April 1994, King, then 19 years old, was arrested in connection with the shooting of 16-year-old Arthur Godbolt.
At the time police said they believed that Godbolt's shooting was gang-related, in retaliation for an earlier drive-by shooting in which property was damaged. Investigators said King and Jason Marks retaliated. Marks is serving a life sentence.
King, charged with attempted murder in exchange for testifying, spent 10 years behind bars. Was his murder Tuesday retaliation for what happened to Godbolt in 1994?
”I put it in God's hands a long years ago," says Cecelia Godbolt, Arthur's mother. "I know nothing about none of that, it was that boy's time. I'm not no heartless person. There's two people that I have a lot of hate in my heart for. I feel for his mom because that's a terrible thing to go through."
King began serving time on December 29, 1994 and was paroled on October 24, 2003.
Thirteen-year Arthur Godbolt Jr. never knew his father. He hadn't been born yet, but already he's been caught in the middle of violence. "A drive-by,” says the boy. A bullet from a drive-by shooter hit his thigh last July. No one's been arrested in his case.
Friends of the victim tell Channel 6 News that he learned from his mistakes in life and was a changed man.
In the last two years, King was arrested for possession of marijuana and having gambling records.