A fight broke out Wednesday between two families after a Bradenton man was sentenced to life in prison for the 2015 fatal shooting of his girlfriend's son's father.
- Fight erupts outside courthouse after Bradenton man gets life in prison
- Kelly McPherson found guilty in death of Kyvis McCollough
- Families started to fight outside courthouse after hearing
Kelly McPherson was found guilty of second-degree murder with a firearm in the Sept. 5, 2015 death of Kyvis McCollough. McPherson was sentenced to life in prison including a minimum mandatory 25 years in prison.
Authories said McCollough and his son's mother were having an argument over custody of their 1-year-old son when McPherson, who was dating the boy's mother, walked up behind McCollough and shot him twice.
The victim's son and sister were standing about 20 feet away and witnesses the shooting.
After the hearing on Wednesday, emotions ran high between the victim's family and the family of McPherson, prompting deputies to escort each side out of the building separately.
Afterwards, a fight broke out between the familes in the middle of the intersection of 6th Avenue West and 11th Street West, just across the street from the courthouse.
Authorities said the two families shouted profanities and threats at one another, forcing deputies to run from the courthouse to separate the brawl.
After the hearing the victim's mother, Karen Edwards, said a verdict of life in prison was justice for the loss of her oldest son.