Man gets life for killing Gwinnett Walmart guard in attempted TV theft


A man has pleaded guilty to murder charges in the April 2016 killing of a Walmart employee, Lilburn police said.

Boaz Anthony Fordyce pleaded guilty to one count of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, one count of theft by shoplifting, and one count of possession of firearm during the commission of a felony. He was sentenced to life in prison. 


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On April 10, 2016, Fordyce was attempting to steal multiple TVs from the Walmart at 4004 Lawrenceville Highway in Lilburn, police said. A loss prevention officer, J.D. Ferguson, attempted to stop Fordyce, and Fordyce fatally shot Ferguso, according to police.

Fordyce fled, but was apprehended two days later when he attempted to recover the gun he used to kill Ferguson, police said. 

Fordyce entered a guilty plea on Dec. 4.

“It is our hope that the successful end of this case helps to bring some sense of closure to the Ferguson family,” said Lilburn Police Chief Bruce Headley in a release.


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