Junction City man Fontelle Jolly recently entered a plea of no contest in charges of voluntary manslaughter and aggravated battery. He was found guilty of both by the Geary County District Court and is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 30.
Jolly, who is in his early 20s, fatally shot 29-year-old Felix Snipes of Junction City Aug. 31, 2018. Jolly also shot and badly wounded another Junction City man, 25-year-old Cartavius King.
Felix Snipes’ mother, Mary Snipes, spoke up briefly about the court case in the wake of the no contest pleas.
“It’s not over yet … I think I’ll really have something to say when the sentencing is done,” she said. “I think that’s when I’ll really have something to say.”
At the moment, she said, it’s hard to know exactly what to think. The Snipes family is still at a loss for what to say, as, she said, are many community members who have come forward offering their support and condolences over the past year.
“I even put that on my Facebook page — if you were in our shoes, what would you do?” Mary Snipes said. “We appreciate the community concern for our family.”
She said many local people have been in her place.
“There’s a lot of individuals in Junction that have been in our shoes and know what we’re going through,” Mary Snipes said.
She said her family is not the only one in the Junction City community or beyond to have undergone a similar tragedy to what she has gone through with her son.
“So much is happening all over,” she said.