Man convicted of Wayne Mills’ murder sentenced to 20 years

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man convicted of shooting and killing country music singer Wayne Mills at a downtown bar in 2013 was sentenced to 20 years Friday morning.

Chris Ferrell will serve 100 percent of his sentence, Judge Steve Dozier ruled.

The sentencing was previously delayed by the defense team for Chris Ferrell so they could produce another witness.

Earlier this month, Ferrell spoke at a proceeding and expressed his regret surrounding the night of the deadly shooting.

“I stand here today with the heaviest of hearts, conscious and soul,” he said tearfully. “I will carry the memory of that horrible night with me forever. I’ve wished every minute of every day that I could go back and do it differently. I am so, so sorry for my actions that in an instance changed so many lives forever.”

Wayne Mills
Wayne Mills (Courtesy:

Ferrell added that he wish he could “take it all back.”

Ferrell shot Mills in the back of the head at his now-closed downtown bar after the pair got into an argument after the singer lit a cigarette in the non-smoking bar before breaking a glass and threatening to kill him.

Ferrell maintains he shot Mills in his own defense because he “feared for his life.”

A jury found former bar owner Chris Ferrell guilty of second degree murder on March 6.

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