Teen accused of helping suspects in deputy’s fatal shooting pleads guilty

A teen accused of helping suspects in the fatal shooting of a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty Monday.


Nikeyla Reeves, 18, pleaded guilty in two unrelated cases in Richmond County Superior Court, and she admitted she violated the terms of her probation. In July, Reeves was sentenced to five years probation for theft.

Reeves is one of three teens accused of hindering the apprehension of a criminal for allegedly helping two teens flee the county after Gregory Cooke was fatally shot June 15 on Lennox Road.

Reeves pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of hindering and one count of making a false statement. In another case, Reeves pleaded guilty to pointing a weapon at another person, discharge of a firearm on or near a public highway, and possession of a firearm by a First Offender probationer.

In the second case, Reeves was one of several young women involved in a group fight on Sept. 24. She pulled a gun from her purse and waved it around and fired one shot in the air, said Assistant District Attorney Rex Myers.

Judge John Flythe accepted the negotiated sentence of three years in prison. He imposed an additional 12 years probation.

Flythe also revoked Reeves’ probation and First Offender status in the theft case. She now has three felony convictions.

Hindering the apprehension of a criminal charges are still pending against Demerius T. Hunter and Neqwaun Roberson, both 18. Murder charges are pending against Donnelle Osborne, 19, and Naheem Caldwell, 18. All have pleaded not guilty. Earlier this month, a Richmond County Superior Court jury acquitted Stevie Caldwell, 47, of a charge of tampering with evidence in Cooke’s shooting.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.



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