Many people in the state of Alabama take the Iron Bowl very seriously, but this unfortunate crime still lingers as a reminder of what can happen when a college football rivalry is taken too seriously.
According to a report from AL.com’s Kent Faulk, Adrian Briskey, the woman who plead guilty to the shooting death of Michelle Shepherd at a 2013 Iron Bowl viewing party in Hoover, Ala., was sentenced to 14 years and nine months in prison on Tuesday. It was the maximum prison sentence under the state’s guidelines, according to the report.
The 2013 Iron Bowl is noted for its dramatic “Kick Six” ending, during which Alabama missed a game-winning field goal only to watch it be returned the length of the field for a game-winning Auburn touchdown as time expired at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The shooting, which killed a mother of three, happened when Briskey, who was reportedly intoxicated at the time, took exception to Shepherd’s reaction to the Crimson Tide’s loss.
According to the AL.com report, the cause for the shooting was the victim’s perceived reaction to the outcome of the dramatic Iron Bowl game:
The victim’s sister provided an account of what led to the shooting. Neketa Shepherd said her sister was an Alabama fan, but even more than Alabama, she loved The Miami Heat. After the game ended, she and her sister were joking around, not about Alabama’s loss, but about the Miami Heat. Briskey, Neketa Shepherd said, apparently took their joking the wrong way and became mad that they weren’t more upset over Alabama’s loss.
Faulk reports that Briskey will be given credit for time spent in jail pending the outcome of the case and is expected to become eligible for parole at some point during the sentence.
“It tore me up,” Shepherd’s mother, Sarah Shepherd, testified Tuesday, according to the report. “Our family went through hell and is still going through hell.”