Teen pleads guilty in '08 slaying case

Friday, April 16, 2010 3:13 PM
Last updated Saturday, April 17, 2010 8:20 AM
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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.

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disssman 04/16/10 - 08:30 pm
Aren't we a wonderful nation

Aren't we a wonderful nation of laws? Why we even have sub-categories of murder. Just what is the difference between "malice and felony" murder? I firmly believe that if these scum were placed in an electric chair and fried on national television and that was the normal sentence, we wouldn't have another murder the rest of the year.

johnston.cliff 04/17/10 - 03:13 am
Well stated disssman. Home

Well stated disssman. Home invasion and murder should be an automatic death sentence with no appeal and no delay. (of course, I'm a believer in a harvest and compost method of death. Giving back to the community, so to speak.)

TakeAstand 04/17/10 - 10:21 pm
Amen disssman, the joke of a

Amen disssman, the joke of a system we have not does not comprehend the meaning of deterrence. Thanks a lot bleeding heart losers. Insanity my foot, they are just a bunch of immoral losers who don't deserve to live, at the bare minimum at least not in this great country!!

hopple 04/18/10 - 01:22 am
Rest in peace Rick...you will

Rest in peace Rick...you will be greatly missed...I will definitely never forget September 24, 2008...my son's first birthday...and the day a happy man and loving father and friend was taken from us...all I can say is it's over...they didn't get exactly what they deserved...but no one will ever have to suffer because of them ever again

goody 04/18/10 - 04:16 am
If "Justice" were true and

If "Justice" were true and swift, hopple's last sentence would be true. Sadly they are all young enough, that under our present legal system, they may very well be paroled before they are 40 years old.

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