Kevin Toomer accepts plea, sentenced to over 22 years in 2013 murder

Published 2:15 pm Monday, July 11, 2016

By Shavonne Walker

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man charged in the 2013 shooting death of Eric Feamster and the shooting of Tyson Gaymon outside Clancy Hills Apartments will spend more than 22 years in prison following a plea hearing. Kevin Rashee Toomer, 27, was sentenced this morning in a Rowan County Superior Courtroom.

Toomer, who said nothing in court, only to answer questions by Judge Anna Mills Wagoner, was also sentenced in unrelated cases for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, discharging a weapon into an occupied property and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. In that matter he received seven to nine years, which will be served at the same time as the murder conviction.

He also received a sentence of 17 months to 30 months for another unrelated case for possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. This sentence will run at the same time as the murder sentence.

Toomer accepted the terms as part of an Alford plea. Salisbury Police said Toomer was the shooter following an altercation outside the apartment complex where Tyson Gaymon was also shot, but survived.

An off-duty Salisbury Police officer was at the complex and heard the gunshots. Witnesses said Toomer fired shots into the air before striking Feamster and Gaymon. Feamster was shot in the abdomen and Gaymon in the arm and torso.

Toomer was found in Richmond, Va., weeks later and was extradited to Rowan County.

Rowan District Attorney Brandy Cook said Gaymon was uncooperative with the case and investigation despite being good friends with Eric Feamster.

“It’s a tragedy for everybody involved,” said one of Toomer’s attorneys, Mike Adkins, following court.

See more in Tuesday’s Post.