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Judge to consider new trial in 2008 home invasion

Monday, July 30, 2012 6:30 PM
Last updated 8:29 PM
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Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. is reviewing a new trial request for an Augusta man convicted in a fatal 2008 Grovetown home invasion. A jury found Patrick Antwon Booker, 23, guilty of numerous charges but acquitted him of malice murder and did not reach a verdict on a felony murder charge.

Booker and four others – Karmbi Young, Martin Napoleon Holmes, Willie Bernard Butler and Garland Ray Pittman – were accused of killing Rickey Gibson, 33, inside his home.

Booker’s appellate attorney, Charles Jones Jr., argued at a Monday hearing that it was improper for Blanchard to sentence Booker to life in prison, the maximum sentence for armed robbery, because a life was taken during the commission of the crime.

“We have to respect a not guilty verdict,” Jones said. “It was potentially improper of the court to sentence him to something the jury found him not guilty of.”

Blanchard said he would review the transcripts before ruling on the motion.

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dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/31/12 - 05:23 pm
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Don't sound improper to me. A

Don't sound improper to me. A life was taken during the commission of a crime in which Booker took part. Life sounds exactly like the proper thing.

Black Jack SIGO
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Black Jack SIGO 08/01/12 - 11:23 am
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If the shoe fits

If the man was sentenced in accordance with sentencing guidlines for the charges he was convicted of, I don't see anything inappropriate. He was part of a group of men who entered another person's home, killed him, and attempted to kill his girlfriend and child. He needs to be put away forever.

ndpendent
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ndpendent 08/03/12 - 02:16 pm
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INNOCENT

THEY HAVE A INNOCENT MAN IN PRISON FOR SOMETHING HE DIDNT DO... THEY HAD NO EVIDENCE AT ALL.. THATS WHY THE JURY FOUND HIM QUOTE "NOT GUILTY".. BUT THE JUDGE TOOK UPON HIS HANDS TO GIVE HIM TIME FOR SOMETHING THEY DIDNT HAVE PROOF UPON... NO BODY DESERVES TO DO TIME FOR SOMETHING THEY DIDNT DO...THATS WHY THEY APPEALING...FOR EVERYONE WHO DONT KNOW WHATS GOING ON... ITS A RACIAL MATTER.

Anthony123
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Anthony123 08/03/12 - 04:55 pm
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INNOCENT

MR BOOKER IS INNOCENT BECAUSE THEY HAVE "NO EVIDENCE" AND THE JURY FIND HIM "NOT GUILTY" SO A INNOCENT MAN IS DOING TIME FOR A CRIME HE DID NOT COMMIT TELL ME WHERE IS THE JUSTICE IN THAT???

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CELLUS08 08/03/12 - 05:11 pm
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THE POINT IS.....JUSTICE

THE POINT IS.....JUSTICE ALWAYS NEED TO BE SERVE....PATRICK DO NOT NEED TO SERVE A SENTENCE FOR SOMETHING HE DID NOT DO.... IF HE DID NOT KILL OR SHOT MR.GIBSON (MUCH RESPECT FOR THE FAMILY) but "MURDER" WAS NOT THE CHARACTER OF PATRICK ....SO IM GLAD THIS BEING RE TRAILED !!!

bosslu09
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bosslu09 08/03/12 - 06:42 pm
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That life wasn't taken by

That life wasn't taken by him. Patrick is a very good person who had a bright future. Its the old saying wrong place at the wrong time. God is on his side if no one else is he knows the truth that's why this situation is back on. And justice will be served for him.

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