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Woman pleads guilty to murder

22-year-old sentenced to 2 life terms plus 10 years in fatal robbery that got her $58

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Just weeks before she was to be tried on capital murder charges, Lacy Barnard chose to plead guilty Wednesday afternoon.

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Judge Michael N. Annis accepted Barnard's negotiated plea and imposed a prison term of two consecutive life sentences plus 10 years.

Barnard, 22, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to murder, aggravated assault, two counts of armed robbery and two weapon violations in the March 28, 2007, slaying of Eladio Gonzales, 23, and the wounding of Jose Mochica.

Barnard picked up the two men at a North Augusta apartment complex and drove them to a remote area off Brickyard Pond Road, District Attorney Ashley Wright told the judge Wednesday.

Waiting with a shotgun stolen from Barnard's mother were Antonio Jones and Ronald Banks. Jones shot both men repeatedly with the 12-gauge shotgun, and then Barnard and her cohorts picked through the victims' pockets, Wright said.

Instead of wads of cash and jewelry they thought the men would have, they found $58 and two sets of keys and cell phones.

Barnard, who had just turned 18 at the time, dropped out of high school in the 10th grade. She has been in the Richmond County jail since her arrest a day after the crimes.

Jones, 32, pleaded guilty to all charges in October 2009. He was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. Annis also imposed the mandatory additional sentence of five years for a weapons charge.

Banks, who had a criminal history dating back two decades, was 55 when he died of natural causes while awaiting trial in March 2008.

Barnard told investigators that she knew Jones from the neighborhood where she grew up, according to previous court testimony. A couple of weeks before the killings, they started hanging out together. At the time, Jones was living with Banks.

Barnard had intended to target another Hispanic man she knew, but she happened to cross the path of Gonzalez and Mochica the night the robbery was planned. She told investigators she was acquainted with Gonzalez.

Both men were from Mexico, where Mochica has since returned. He recovered from gunshot wounds to the back of his head, back and leg, but still has the scars, Wright said.

Mochica, 30, didn't attend Wednesday's hearing, but he was in agreement with Barnard's plea and sentence, Wright said.

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charliemanson
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charliemanson 04/21/11 - 04:16 am
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Great job to law enforcement

Great job to law enforcement for catching Ms. Barnard and her cohorts. Every parent should post this article on their children's wall letting them know what their future could be when dropping out of school.

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Riverman1 04/21/11 - 04:59 am
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I'm not sure dropping out of

I'm not sure dropping out of school had anything to do with it. She is messed up and would have probably been involved in something like this even in school. School is not a prevention-rehab center.

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Patty-P 04/21/11 - 09:44 am
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This is for Crime

This is for Crime Reports...she probably dropped out because she was tired of being taught that "the ape like creature SELF IMAGE have tricked some kids into acting like ape like ancestors, which is the self image they are taught in public school."

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 04/21/11 - 10:24 am
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Retired Army - Because the

Retired Army -

Because the General Assembly has just about ceased funding capital defenders in Georgia. It has caused defendants who have been death noticed all over the state to either have no attorney or have to change attorneys. Basically, their attorneys aren't getting paid b/c of budget shortfalls. Thus, it took 4 years to wrap something up that could have been done in 1.5 or 2 years. (It usually takes about a year or more for a murder in Richmond Co.)

Jane18
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Jane18 04/21/11 - 10:27 am
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I hate all that plea

I hate all that plea bargaining..........they all are murderers! Stick a needle in them!

iLove
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iLove 04/21/11 - 11:00 am
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Only 6 comments. . .
Unpublished

Only 6 comments. . .

Einstein
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Einstein 04/21/11 - 12:44 pm
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Jane, plea bargaing is

Jane, plea bargaing is actually quite beneficial to society because it keeps cases from going to trial. Going to trial not only ties up the public's time with jury duty, it is extremely expensive to pay the public defenders, prosector's time gets tied up with preparation and execution of the trial. So, four years could have been 6 or 8 without the time saved by the plea agreement.

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 04/21/11 - 01:48 pm
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Jane - if you want your taxes

Jane - if you want your taxes raised to the level to pay for everyone who is arrested for murder to go to trial, then be my guest. Death penalty trials - between the DA, Judge and Defense costs - can cost taxpayers between 1 and 10 million each. Seriously. I'd rather we have plea bargains.

freebird
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freebird 04/21/11 - 02:14 pm
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hang them...u can use the

hang them...u can use the rope again and again...us ape ancestors like to recycle

airbud7
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airbud7 04/21/11 - 03:53 pm
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Those loving Ape's -- did we

Those loving Ape's -- did we pick the wrong primate to evolve from!

multichunx
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multichunx 04/22/11 - 04:01 am
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god lets no sin go

god lets no sin go unpunished,.,.

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