Judge Set a Valentine’s Day Sentencing Date for the Two Men Convicted of Murdering Georgia Teenager

A Georgia judge set a Valentine’s Day sentencing date for the two men convicted of murdering an 18-year-old who was selling drugs. Ahmad Arbery was gunned down on Aug. 28, 2017 in a series…

Judge Set a Valentine's Day Sentencing Date for the Two Men Convicted of Murdering Georgia Teenager

A Georgia judge set a Valentine’s Day sentencing date for the two men convicted of murdering an 18-year-old who was selling drugs.

Ahmad Arbery was gunned down on Aug. 28, 2017 in a series of nearby shootings by Nicholas Maynard and he became the 19th person killed in the Chattahoochee River valley in a little more than a month.

Arbery was caught in a hail of gunfire fired by Maynard and Daniel Morgan, both 20-year-old narcotics dealers. Maynard, whom prosecutors say led the other men in the spree, was convicted this week of three counts of murder, racketeering and two other counts.

Also convicted of the same charges this week was Morgan, who along with a co-defendant, convicted killer Bertte Davis, had previously pleaded guilty to murder in exchange for testifying against Maynard.

Morgan testified that he and Maynard were walking back to the scene of the earlier killings when Davis stopped at a pharmacy and bought some razors. One of the store employees pointed at a car that police believe was the car Arbery was killed in, and Maynard and Morgan followed him as he crossed the street.

As Davis left the car, Arbery was standing next to his car, Morgan said. Maynard began shooting, but a third man used his own gun to put down the attackers.

Arbery was transferred to Woodmore Regional Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. Davis, who is awaiting sentencing, was charged with possession of a gun in connection with the triple shooting, but the case was dismissed during a judge’s recent pre-sentencing motions hearing.

At sentencing, prosecutors said Maynard faces life in prison on the murder counts and the remaining murder counts can be split between him and Morgan as a co-defendant.

After sentencing, prosecutors recommended that the judge give Maynard three consecutive life sentences, give Morgan five consecutive life sentences, and make Morgan a co-defendant in all five counts. Maynard is serving a life sentence plus 20 years for possessing a gun in connection with that shooting.

Prosecutors also said they will seek $45,000 restitution from Morgan for Arbery’s funeral expenses. Davis is being held without bond in a locked holding facility pending sentencing.

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