A young Augusta man who killed without any apparent reason was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Jonathan Lee Felton, 23, was convicted in Richmond County Superior Court of murder and weapon charges for the Oct. 25, 2010, shooting of 22-year-old Eric “Easy” Wright.
“It was a senseless death,” Assistant District Attorney Garon Muller told the jury Monday in his opening statement.
Wright wasn’t looking for trouble or doing anything more than meeting a man about buying a CD player for his prized Chevrolet Camaro, Muller said. Within minutes of speaking with Wright at the Aqua Land Car Wash on Tobacco Road, however, Felton pulled a gun and fired, then pursued Wright and fired several more times.
Wright’s girlfriend waited in his car while he went to talk with Felton. She was able to give sheriff’s investigators a description of the man and the vehicle he left in, including a partial tag number.
Using Wright’s phone, investigators identified Felton as a possible suspect. Wright’s girlfriend immediately identified him from a photo lineup, Muller said.
Felton ran before investigators could arrest him on the murder charge. Ten months after Wright was gunned down, Felton was apprehended in Philadelphia and returned to Augusta.
At the time of the shooting death, Felton was on probation. A 2007 armed robbery charge was reduced to theft. In February 2009, Felton was sentenced to six years on probation.
In 2010, Wright was working full time and attending Augusta Technical College, where he studied for a degree in radiology, the prosecutor said Monday.
Wright was given the nickname “Easy” because of his laid-back manner and easy-going nature.