3 men in jail for murders paroled

Correction, Feb. 6, 2007: Because of incorrect information on the Georgia Department of Corrections Web site, the original version of this article incorrectly stated a parolee's criminal history. Michael Callaway, serving a life sentence for murder, was paroled in 2005 but his parole was revoked for technical violations, not new drug offenses. (Highlight changes)

Three men convicted of unrelated murders in Augusta have been granted paroles.


According to notices from the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, Lamar Smith, 61, and Phillip D. McBride, 33, were scheduled for release last week. A third man, Michael Callaway, 30, was released earlier in January. Each was sentenced to life in prison.

Mr. Smith was convicted of murder in Richmond County Superior Court in September 1981. Mr. Smith served about 26 years in prison for the January 1981 murder of 42-year-old John R. Brickle.

The victim, the owner of a Washington Road dry cleaners, was found shot to death in his home. Investigators believe Mr. Smith was burglarizing the victim's home when Mr. Brickle surprised him.

Mr. McBride pleaded guilty to murder in June 1991.

Mr. McBride was 15 years old when he killed 40-year-old Bong Usher during a robbery of a Lumpkin Road convenience store.

Two other teenagers pleaded guilty to conspiracy in the case and received six-year prison sentences.

Mr. Callaway recently was paroled on cocaine charges. He was convicted of murder in Richmond County Superior Court in July 1986.

Mr. Callaway was convicted of the Sept. 1, 1985, murder of 29-year-old Sheridan J. Lendrum. According to the Department of Corrections, Mr. Callaway was paroled in 2005, but his parole was revoked for technical violations.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.