A former Augusta resident convicted of murder for his role in a fatal home invasion was fairly tried and convicted in 2010, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled.
In an opinion released Monday, the state’s highest court affirmed Cornelius Moore’s convictions. Moore, now 22, was convicted of murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and weapon charges. The court ruled Moore should have only been convicted of two weapon charges, not three, but it will not change the life in prison sentence.
Moore was arrested along with Kenneth Gaines and Ian Bonner in the Oct. 2, 2008, slaying of 23-year-old Jezreel Hammond at his Royal Street home.
Moore and Bonner were tried together. The Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted Moore but found Bonner not guilty. Gaines pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery and was sentenced to five years in prison followed by five years on probation.
Gaines, 31, was out of prison and serving the probation portion of his sentence when he was arrested last summer on new charges. In January he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, fleeing and obstruction of an officer. He was sentenced to two years in prison followed by 15 years on probation. It is his fifth felony conviction.
A year after Bonner, 21, was acquitted in Hammond’s homicide, he pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and received a three-year probation sentence. He was arrested on aggravated assault and weapon charges for a Dec. 1, 2011, incident in Augusta. Those charges are still pending.