JEFFERSON COUNTY — After more than two hours of deliberation, a Jefferson County jury Thursday night found a 37-year-old Mt. Vernon man guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death last year of his brother.
Matthew Sloan testified during the trial that he believed he shot his brother in self-defense. However, during his interview with police following the shooting, he denied knowing he shot his brother and claimed he shot a relative of his brother’s wife who investigators found did not exist.
Court records show the brothers had been drinking all day of July 4, 2018, and had a physical fight when they got to the home in rural Mt. Vernon.
Matt Sloan went inside the home and into his room, with his brother following. Matt Sloan then shot David once they were inside.
The jury was selected in the case Tuesday, with opening arguments delivered that afternoon. Closing arguments were delivered Thursday and the case handed to the jury for deliberation around 4 p.m. They returned the guilty verdict after 6 p.m.
Due to the use of a firearm in the commission of the crime, Sloat is facing between 45 years and life in prison for the murder of his brother. He’s scheduled to be sentenced September 26.
Jefferson County State’s Attorney Sean Featherstun said after the verdict that the case was “a terrible thing” for everyone involved. He noted that Sarah Sloan lost her husband and that Matt Sloan’s parents lost a son, and Matt Sloan himself lost a brother. Featherstun says there was no one who felt good about the case or its outcome.