Man could get 4 life terms for home-invasion conviction


Highlights

The Douglas County incident involved a former classmate of Detravius Sufur Jackson.

Jackson robbed and pistol-whipped the victims during the 2015 incident, prosecutors said.

A Douglas County man could get four life sentences after his conviction on home-invasion charges that involved a former classmate, prosecutors said.

Detravius Sufur Jackson was convicted Thursday of home invasion, three counts of armed robbery, three counts of aggravated assault and gun-related charges in connection with the February 2015 incident, according to David Emadi, spokesman for the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.

Officers at the scene said a man in his early 20s illegally entered the residence, held three men inside at gunpoint and demanded their cash, which amounted to about $220, Emadi said.

The homeowner was able to immediately identify Jackson as the gunman due to seeing part of his face unobstructed by the mask and recognizing his voice, Emadi said. The victims indicated the homeowner went to school with Jackson and had known him for years.

Jackson also stole a PlayStation 3 and a cellphone before pistol-whipping two of the three victims as he left the scene, according to Emadi.

Jackson’s alibi proved to be false, and he changed it several times in law enforcement interviews, according to prosecutors.

“This verdict ensures the defendant will finally be held accountable for violently assaulting and robbing the victims at gunpoint,” Assistant District Attorney Lara Myers said. “The message sent by the jury is one that makes clear this kind of criminal behavior is absolutely unacceptable and I am grateful for their swift decision in making sure the defendant is punished appropriately.”

Sentencing for Jackson is scheduled for June 8.

In other news:



Next Up in Local

Mother of 5 shot, killed in front of her family
Mother of 5 shot, killed in front of her family

A woman is dead and a manhunt for her killer is on after she was shot in front of her own family in Marietta, police said. Convicted felon Justin Cox is accused of shooting Felicia Miller, 34, Sunday and leaving her body in a vehicle parked on the driveway in the 300 block of Pin Oak Court. “Mr. Cox is believed to still be armed with a handgun...
The Supreme Court sets a date for Georgia’s water wars dispute
The Supreme Court sets a date for Georgia’s water wars dispute

How much water Georgia can withdraw from Lake Lanier to meet its growth needs has been the subject of a long legal battle between Alabama, Florida and Georgia. (AJC/Bob Andres) The U.S. Supreme Court has set a Jan. 8 date to hear arguments in Georgia’s ongoing water rights dispute with Florida, in what could be a final round of...
Torpy at Large: Too bad Atlanta’s immigration hypocrisy isn’t illegal
Torpy at Large: Too bad Atlanta’s immigration hypocrisy isn’t illegal

Earlier this month, Mayor Kasim Reed boasted on his very active Twitter account that his town is immigrant friendly. “Atlanta is proud to be a welcoming city,” he wrote. “Pleased to be a part of the Safe Cities Network offering legal representation for those individuals facing deportation.” Fighting for the rights of immigrants...
Ex-DNC chief Brazile in Atlanta: Answers still needed about 2016 election
Ex-DNC chief Brazile in Atlanta: Answers still needed about 2016 election

Former Democratic party chief Donna Brazile said Sunday she “totally agrees” with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s assertion that we need to “get to the bottom of what happened” in the 2016 election. “She’s absolutely right that we have to take a backstep and get a full accounting of what happened with...
Local kratom users question official warnings about related deaths
Local kratom users question official warnings about related deaths

Local users don’t believe kratom is deadly and say it’s no more addictive than coffee or tea, with similar withdrawal symptoms after long-term, heavy use. The plant-based supplement has been consumed for thousands of years, but started making headlines in 2016, when the Drug Enforcement Administration tried to temporarily place the...
More Stories