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Court overturns Richmond County murder sentence

Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 10:21 AM
Last updated 6:30 PM
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Georgia’s Supreme Court justices said today there was sufficient evidence to convict Donald Gamble Jr. for a 2007 homicide on Walker Street.

They also remanded Gamble’s case back to Richmond County Superior Court, however, after they determined he was improperly sentenced after a jury trial in 2008.

Evidence at his trial showed that the victim, Quamaine Rickman, was shot by Gamble during a drug deal that July 14. Gamble eluded authorities for several months until he was captured in Dade County, Fla.

Gamble’s appeal centered on the language Judge Carl Brown used to instruct the jury before it started deliberations. Jurors convicted Gamble of both felony and malice murder and possession of a firearm after two days of deliberations.

Justices decided that each of Gamble’s challenges was invalid and that the jury instructions were proper. They did find fault with the concurrent life sentences that Brown gave Gamble. Because there was a single victim, Gamble cannot be sentenced for both murder counts.

The justices vacated the sentence and remanded the case back to the lower court for a new sentence.

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OpenCurtain 09/11/12 - 02:20 pm
Too bad

Look, at least this judge tried to keep him behind bars longer.
Using an inventive way, rendering 2 convictions for 1 crime.

rmwhitley 09/11/12 - 06:17 am

death too good for this thug?

David Parker
David Parker 09/11/12 - 04:18 pm
Same inventiveness that gave

Same inventiveness that gave us classics like a "life" sentence where you get out after 20 years or so. Isn't Life w/ possibility of Parole, the exact opposite of a life sentence? Shouldn't it be Time w/ possibility of Parole. Oh and the ever-popular concurrent/consecutive sentences. I figure, if you do a crime and then do another and get convicted, you should serve one sentence and then the other. This 2 for 1 deal makes no common sense. One crime, one punishment.

You know they coordinate before a crime to mimimize potential time. This is working the system

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