Augusta man convicted of murder scheduled to be released from prison

An Augusta man once facing a possible death sentence for murder is scheduled to be released from prison in three months.

 

The Board of Pardons and Paroles is set to grant Darryl Wayne Starks, 50, clemency. He has been in prison since December 1990 following his plea in Richmond County Superior Court to murder and burglary. He was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years.

According to reports in The Augusta Chronicle, Starks was 21 when he broke into the home of 38-year-old Laronce Beard. The victim, an Augusta attorney, was shot to death with his own rifle after entering his Steiner Drive home on June 2, 1988.

Starks has been in custody since the night of the fatal shooting.

The district attorney filed notice of his intention to seek the death penalty if Starks was convicted of murder. However, Starks pleaded guilty to the charges.

Starks first became eligible for parole in June 1995.

 

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Wed, 11/22/2017 - 00:24

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