Augusta man gets life sentence in drug-related killing

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Bennie Lorenzo Bell will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing Henry Mendez Stokes, a judge said Wednesday.

Bell, of Augusta, was found guilty on all charges after a three-day trial during which witnesses testified about a drug deal that ended in gunfire at a house in the 1600 block of Cleveland Street.

Bell was charged with felony and malice murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Superior Court Judge Sheryl Jolly sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole, a concurrent sentence of 20 years for the aggravated assault and two consecutive five year sentences for the firearm charges.

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cokoa706 01/13/12 - 05:52 am
Thats What Man Said! God Gets

Thats What Man Said! God Gets The Last Word! Before you look out the window, Augusta needs to look in the mirror. "Bennie Lorenzo Bell" is my son. For the charges that he was charged and sentenced to is unjust! Yes, I was in the courtroom throughout the entire trial and "Cherly Jolly" as I call her was not fair and prejudice to the defense. She overturned every objections in my sons defense. My sons case is being appealed. She favored the D.A. I was told she was a prosecuter before becoming a Judge. He was not identified by not one witness as to the death of the victim, as the The Augusta Chronicle Says. What ALL the witness did say was that they never saw Bennie Bell!!!!!! No Evidence AT ALL to link my son to this crime! The Citizens of Richmond Cty put her on the bench and I will go to my grave to prove that she shows prejudice and did not give my son a fair trial. Augusta you will read about this again!! My son will get a FAIR Trial! Stay tuned!!!

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