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Jury finds Augusta man guilty in drive-by shooting death

Life sentence given for role in drive-by shooting

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 3:36 PM
Last updated Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 2:53 AM
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Jurors found Brandon White guilty on all counts Wednesday for his role in a drive-by shooting that killed a 26-year-old man in 2010.

He was immediately given the mandatory sentence of life in prison.

Superior Court Judge James Blanchard gave White the chance of parole, along with a consecutive sentence of five years in prison for a weapons charge.

Three days of testimony centered on the night Damion Collier was shot while standing outside his home on Second Avenue. Witnesses said shots were fired from the passenger side of a burgundy Chevrolet Impala that investigators later determined belonged to White.

White admitted to driving the car, but in a recorded statement to investigators said he didn’t know the shooter, a passenger in his car, was armed. Witnesses testified that the car circled the block, then slowed to a crawl just before shots were fired.

White was charged with felony and malice murder, along with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime because, under Georgia law, he was “party to a crime.”

“Without that driver, there’s no shooting,” Assistant District Attorney Adam King said in closing arguments. “There’s no means of getting there or getting away.”

White’s attorney, Dacara Brown, urged the jury to see through the “smoke and mirrors” and “use common sense.”

She emphasized that her client didn’t know that the shooter was armed. Brown said it set a “dangerous standard” if everyone is charged with a crime for what’s in the pocket of the passengers in his car.

Brown reminded the jury that White was 20 years old at the time of the shooting and has been sitting in jail since his arrest.

At his age, “we don’t always make wise decisions, but that does not equate to murder,” Brown said.

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Snapping Turtle
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Snapping Turtle 02/08/12 - 07:03 pm
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Need to know the reputation

Need to know the reputation of your buds, I guess.

klee0915
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klee0915 02/08/12 - 07:16 pm
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Sad situation all the way

Sad situation all the way around. My sympathies to the Collier family, I know what it is like to lose a loved one at the hands of another. My heart goes out to the White family. I know this young man and his family and despite what others may think, he is decent. He did not fire the weapon, he had no knowledge of the weapon, and the shooter killed another person just days later but faced no charges in this crime for which Brandon was convicted. The shooter actually received a lesser sentence than Brandon for a murder he pleaded guilty to. Sad, sad situation all around.

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raul 02/08/12 - 07:23 pm
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@klee. If you let it go to

@klee. If you let it go to trial and are convicted, chances are you will get a longer sentence than if you plead out. It discourages defendants from going to trial. You takes yours chances.

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Iwannakno 02/08/12 - 10:35 pm
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Sorry klee...not buying the
Unpublished

Sorry klee...not buying the innocent act. Believe what you want but if you lay down with dogs you get fleas.

klee0915
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klee0915 02/09/12 - 04:53 am
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@raul you are right. But I

@raul you are right. But I don't believe in pleading guilty to a crime I did not commit. I also don't think its right for the person who committed the actual act (especially when known) to not be charged in the incident. Brown was correct, a dangerous precedent has been set. What if passenger in a cab shot out of a window, would that driver then be considered a party to the crime?

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Queen Supreme Pam 02/09/12 - 08:03 am
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I am the Auntie of Brandon

I am the Auntie of Brandon White, and I agree no one should plead guilty of a crime they did not commit, know one knows what a person has on them when riding, the DA did not allow his family to tell what actually happen that night, the two gentlemen that is in jail with my nephew was NOT EVEN IN THE CAR, when this incident happen. We the White Family understand that the Collier Family has lost a loved one, however, if you are going to charge someone for this hideous crime charge the right person. There has been many people that has been in situations where they dont know what a person has on them......the punishment does not fit the crime at all, this is the same judicial that give another murder 20 years for killling a depend of a solider at Fort Gordon, and he only has to serve 5. I know everyone wants closure we all do, but dont close on someone that did not do it nor did not have intentions to go take someone's life. This is something that we the white family will not accept trust we will APPEAL.....we the family would like to hold a press conference as soon as we can set one up....! The first witness for the DA came to my sister and told her that he was sorry that he should not have testified and he was going back to the "HOOD" to let everyone know that it he did not do it....! Brandon did not come for the projects or a home that was broken, no a father was not there however, my sister is, was and will always be an excellent father and mother, all of her children to include Brandon was productive citizens in society a military veteran, a graduate of criminal law Savannah State, a foreman (Brandon) at Savannah River Site.....!

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