Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. is reviewing a new trial request for an Augusta man convicted in a fatal 2008 Grovetown home invasion. A jury found Patrick Antwon Booker, 23, guilty of numerous charges but acquitted him of malice murder and did not reach a verdict on a felony murder charge.
Booker and four others – Karmbi Young, Martin Napoleon Holmes, Willie Bernard Butler and Garland Ray Pittman – were accused of killing Rickey Gibson, 33, inside his home.
Booker’s appellate attorney, Charles Jones Jr., argued at a Monday hearing that it was improper for Blanchard to sentence Booker to life in prison, the maximum sentence for armed robbery, because a life was taken during the commission of the crime.
“We have to respect a not guilty verdict,” Jones said. “It was potentially improper of the court to sentence him to something the jury found him not guilty of.”
Blanchard said he would review the transcripts before ruling on the motion.