Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Shelby Officer in 2016

SHELBY, NC – The man accused of shooting and killing a Shelby police officer in 2016 pleaded guilty on Tuesday.

Irving Fenner Jr. will spend the rest of his life in jail without the possibility of parole. A Cleveland County judge approved the plea deal after an emotional sentencing hearing.

“Because you consented to take an innocent life, your life is called for today,” said Steven Brackeen, the brother of the deceased Officer Tim Brackeen.

“Tim was a faithful husband Mr. Fenner. A loving father. A wonderful son. My only brother,” said Steven, “he was a productive citizen and a dedicated police officer.”

Irving Fenner Jr. plead guilty to killing Tim Brackeen on September 9th, 2016 while the officer was trying to serve a warrant.  Graphic body camera video and audio were played in court.  Several people got emotional during the testimony.

The lead prosecutor even broke down when discussing the plea agreement saying their office didn’t reach the decision easily.
“I will always feel that Irving Fenner Jr deserves the death penalty and nothing will ever change my mind,” said the prosecutor.

Dozens of Shelby police officers filled the courtroom as Brackeen’s father, James, spoke while holding back tears.
“Three years ago, right after you shot my son, I chose not to hate you,” said James Brackeen.

Both James and Steven Brackeen said today didn’t provide them with closure, as they will forever live without Officer Tim Brackeen.

“My son, was and is a hero and he will never be forgotten,” said James Brackeen.