Teen could get life sentence in Harrisburg death

A teenager involved in the killing of a man for a gold chain faces life in prison when he is sentenced later this summer.

A Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted Brodrick T. Williams, 18, of murder, armed robbery and a weapon violation after deliberating 14 minutes last week, said Assistant District Attorney Anthony Nicastro.

Williams and Tavaris L. Samuels, 19, were both armed and riding around town with a couple of girls when they spotted 21-year-old Daniel McGee on Starnes Street in Harrisburg.

McGee, who worked two jobs, was returning to his uncle's home in the early-morning hours of Dec. 9, 2008, when he crossed paths with Williams and Samuels, according to court testimony.

McGee was staying with his uncle, who was recovering from knee surgery. That night he went out to make a phone call and buy some soda for his uncle.

After stopping to ask McGee about the gold chain with a Jesus medallion, Williams decided to take the chain, according to witnesses' testimony.

He pulled a handgun on McGee, who struggled for control of the weapon.

Samuels got out of the car to help his friend and fired a shot at the ground. He testified earlier this month that the bullet must have ricocheted and hit McGee.

McGee died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Samuels pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court in January. He is serving a life sentence in prison plus five years.

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