Teen pleads guilty in '08 slaying case

An Augusta teen has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and other charges in connection to a 2008 home invasion and murder in Grovetown.

Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. on Thursday sentenced Garland Ray Pittman, 16, to 20 years in prison for the voluntary manslaughter charge. Pittman also received an additional 10 years in prison for robbery and two five-year probation terms for two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Pittman was the last of five men to stand trial for the September 2008 fatal shooting of Rickey Gibson, 33, and assault of his girlfriend and infant son. The plea was entered while Pittman's trial, which started Tuesday, was under way.
Pittman's defense attorney had filed an intent to seek the insanity defense, requiring a mental evaluation to determine his competency to stand trial. In February, a Columbia County jury decided that Pittman was competent.
The four other Augusta men involved in the crime stood trial in 2009.
Karmbi Octavious Young, 20; Martin Napoleon Holmes, 19; and Willie Bernard Butler; 20; were convicted of murder among several other charges. Antwon Booker, 21, was found guilty of burglary, armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault and other charges. The jury acquitted Booker of malice murder and couldn't reach a verdict on the felony murder charge.
Each man was sentenced to life in prison.
Police say the men broke into Gibson's home that he shared with his girlfriend and infant son and held the family at gunpoint. Before fatally shooting Gibson, the men put a gun in the baby's mouth and shot at his girlfriend, according to authorities.

Reach Jenna Martin at (706) 868-1222, ext. 109, or
jenna.martin@augustachronicle.c

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