He's been given two chances to turn his life around, but police say a man who admitted shooting his friend to death has landed in trouble again.
The Madison County Sheriff's Office arrested Jamar Mays during a traffic stop. They say he also had a gun. Mays is on probation for manslaughter for the 2009 shooting of 17-year-old Ali Shalash in Lexington. Part of Mays' 5 year probation was that he could not be around guns, or gun paraphernalia.
"When is he going to learn?" explains Gwen Perkins, Shalash's mother, "it seems like a nightmare that I can't wake up out of. I cry every morning I wake up, my life has not been the same without him."
In jail Mays told WKYT he had a gun for protection, and that his life had been threatened. He says, after police arrested him on June 8th for the traffic and gun incident, he bonded out of jail and went into hiding. "I know no one understands but I had to make a choice, follow the probation or protect myself," explains Mays, "I know the judge won't care what I say, he'll just focus on that I had a gun but I had to protect myself."
Shalash's family says they don't buy it and that Mays is just looking for another way to get out of admitting his fault. "If he feels threatened why did he ask for a release? That's just the question I want to know," explains Shalash's family member, Nadia Chenault. "For him to be walking around with another gun, to shoot and kill somebody else, he's going to use the excuse that it was an accident too. I don't think he has any remorse."
Mays says he knew there was a warrant in Fayette County for his arrest for violating his probation, but that he felt no one would understand, and that protecting himself was his first priority. "Judges don't care, they all care is that I had a gun, they don't care about when someone threatens my life or anything," said Mays.
Back in December a judge sentenced Mays to 90 days in jail for violating his probation because he didn't meet with his probation officer as scheduled. At that hearing he told a judge he missed the meeting because he was busy.
Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson said he wouldn't go into great detail about Mays but did say "how many second chances does one person get or deserve."
That will be decided at a probation hearing. No date has been set yet for that hearing.