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Man shot while talking outside


An Augusta man talking with an acquaintance outside a south Augusta home Friday morning was shot by two strangers.

Deddrick R. Hall's friend, Nathan C. Simpson, told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that they were in Mr. Simpson's front yard on Jonathan Circle when two unknown men walked up and fired on Mr. Hall.

Mr. Hall, 23, was shot in the back and was taken by ambulance to Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

2nd man gets prison in teenager's death

The second of three young Augusta men accused of taking part in a fatal Harrisburg shooting was sentenced to life plus five years in prison Friday.

Mark D. Graham, 20, was convicted of murder and other charges in the July 27, 2006, shooting death of Joshua Albright. Thomas A. Brown, 22, has also been convicted and is serving a life plus five years in prison.

A third man, Damian Hawes, 19, still faces charges.

District Attorney Danny Craig said Friday in Richmond County Superior Court that 17-year-old Joshua was an innocent victim who stopped to see Harrisburg friends that afternoon, excited about his GED success, Mr. Craig said.

Woman pleads guilty to running over man

A 32-year-old woman involved in a drug theft that ended in a man's death pleaded guilty to manslaughter Friday.

Lisa M. Morse was sentenced in Richmond County Superior Court to 20 years in prison for her role in the Aug. 18, 2006, death of Charles D. Johnson, 55.

Mr. Johnson died from injuries he suffered when he was run over by the van Ms. Morse was driving.

Her friend, Marcus Funck, 29, stole crack from Mr. Johnson and grabbed the victim's wrist as Ms. Morse drove away, police say. Mr. Johnson fell and was run over. Murder charges are still pending against Mr. Funck.

Sex tape with girl earns janitor 10 years

A former school custodian who videotaped himself having sex with a 12-year-old girl is expected to be in prison for the next decade.

Dean J. Gossett, 41, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court Thursday. He was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison followed by 10 years on probation.

Mr. Gossett was fired from the Richmond County Board of Education after the videotape he made in 1999 was turned over to the sheriff's office last fall.

ASU plans fundraiser during First Friday

Augusta State University will be taking its annual A Day for ASU fundraising campaign downtown next week.

The university will set up at 10th and Broad streets from 5 to 10 p.m. as part of First Friday festivities.

The university will also be sponsoring a tent for First Friday, which will include live music from ASU alumni, faculty, staff and students.

A Day for ASU and university memorabilia will be available.

- From staff reports