Kearneysville man convicted in Jefferson County shooting

Brian Gifft

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — A Kearneysville, W.Va., man could serve life in prison after shooting another man twice in the head last year.

A jury found Brian Gifft, 35, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Demetrice Whitney, 41.

According to a press release from the Jefferson County Prosecutors Office, Whitney was shot in May 2016 after Gifft and two other men jumped him in the Fox Glen subdivision.

Gifft reportedly left to retrieve a gun after losing the fight.

The jury attached a recommendation of “mercy” to its verdict, meaning that Gifft will receive a life sentence but will be eligible for parole after serving a minimum of 15 years in prison.


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