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Inmate sentenced to 17 years in prison for YDC killing

YDC inmate pleaded guilty to manslaughter

Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 11:18 AM
Last updated Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 11:02 PM
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A man accused of killing a fellow inmate at the Augusta Youth Development Campus was sentenced to 17 years in prison Friday morning, plus three years probation.

Michael Everidge (left) and Assistant Public Defender Katrell Nash stand at Everidge's sentencing in the death of a fellow Youth Development Campus inmate.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Michael Everidge (left) and Assistant Public Defender Katrell Nash stand at Everidge's sentencing in the death of a fellow Youth Development Campus inmate.


Michael Everidge, 18, was indicted on charges of felony and malice murder in connection with the Nov. 8, 2011, death of 19-year-old Jade Holder at the YDC campus on Mike Padgett Highway. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter in exchange for prosecutors dropping a second charge of felony murder.

Superior Court Judge Daniel Craig delivered the pre-negotiated sentence after listening to testimony from Assistant District Attorney Keith Johnson and Everidge’s family. Holder’s family chose not to make the trip from Sylvester, Ga., to Augusta because it “brought back painful memories,” according to court testimony.

Johnson said Holder and Everidge bumped into each other in the YDC’s Unit 43, words were exchanged and the two agreed to fight it out in Holder’s room.

Two other juveniles witnessed the fight and told the Georgia Bureau of Investigations that Holder appeared to be winning at first, then put his arms up to signal the fight was over. Everidge picked up Holder and threw him to the concrete floor. Holder was unable to brace himself and hit his head on the floor, which likely led to the injury that caused his death, Johnson said.

While Holder was still semiconscious, Everidge punched him three more times and kicked him in the head. The witnesses intervened and told Everidge he had taken the fight “too far,” Johnson said.

An autopsy determined that Holder died from blunt force trauma and liver damage caused by a lack of oxygen.

Five members of Everidge’s family spoke on his behalf and each apologized to the Holder family. Everidge also apologized, stating, “it was never my intention for this to happen.”

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/19/12 - 10:46 am
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Age

I'm still having a hard time understanding why a 19-year-old was an inmate at a juvenile detention facility. Can anyone explain?

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 10/19/12 - 11:28 am
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An Even Better Question
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Why did this piece of worthless protoplasm only get 17 years? I do not want to see him out on the street in 17 years. After you slam someone to the ground, see they're not moving, and then you punch them three times, and kick him in the head -- 17 years is a plea deal JOKE. Particularly if Everidge started the fight.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 10/19/12 - 11:37 am
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Ditto, MarinerMan.

This should have been a life sentence, even if parole was given as an option. It was malice murder, pure and simple, and that carries life.

jdsgirl63
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jdsgirl63 10/19/12 - 01:21 pm
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This is not justice

Inmates (I won't call them students or residents) can be up to 21 years old at the facility, depending upon their age at the time of the crime, their sentence and their behavior.

Inmate Everidge murdered Inmate Holder, this is a simple fact. So they let someone who is already a career criminal at the age of 17 plea down to a manslaughter charge because he was so well rehabilitated already? So in 17 years at most, we can look forward to seeing Inmate Everidge released as a "model citizen"? Hardly, he will come out meaner and less civilized to exact his will on the next unsuspecting victim.

What about Jade Holder's family? Where is the justice for them? Yes Inmate Holder was in the facility for a crime or crimes he committed, however, he should have been afforded basic safety.

What happened to the piece of garbage "guard" that allowed Inmate Everidge into Holder's cell?? Where is the culpability there???

My prayers go with the Holder family, I hope they can find some peace in all this. Their son is gone, and nothing can bring him back. I just hope they know that there are many people in our community who find the so called justice that was served to Everidge wasn't acceptable to us. Maybe the Big Boy prison will serve a little justice on him during his stay with them.

christyanne76
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christyanne76 10/19/12 - 01:39 pm
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Still Looking the Other Way...

My son was just attacked a couple of months ago at the Milan YDC in Milan Georgia. He was in a school classroom and attacked by 4 kids...well I say kids...two were 19 and 20 years old. The attack went on for nearly half an hour. A teacher WAS in the room. It was all on video and she did not look up one time. My son was locked in isolation for not telling who it was that beat on him (although it was on video and they could see for themselves). I was promised by the head of security and the director they would press charges the following monday. Two in juvenile court dodge county and two in superior court. To date...still has not happened. When I contacted the Department of Juvenile Justice in Atlanta they said they would "make a three way call to the director". I have since complained to guards, who said it was up to Atlanta to press charges, not the facility and even contacted Atlanta through the b.s. webpage they put up after this happened in Augusta for investigations. Still...have not been contacted back. My child has never been violent nor committed any violent crimes against anyone...my suggestion is if the state feels the child should be in their custody...they damn well better be able to supervise and protect them...if not...send him home...I would have handled it.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 10/19/12 - 05:36 pm
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The unfortunate reality
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is that prisons are not financially equipped to incarcerate these thug punks for life. A life sentence being carried out means housing trash until their deaths. That makes prisons the most expensive senior housing authority in the state and guess who pays for the scums' healthcare? Yep, law abiding citizens. Bleeding hearts who think murderers are salvagable, worthwhile members of society are the ones who set the guidelines for the assassinator's releases. Look to the left.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/19/12 - 06:10 pm
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Thank You

Thank you, Christy Anne, for your story. I hope you will get justice for your son.

KSL
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KSL 10/20/12 - 04:06 am
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What has happened to this

What has happened to this country?

KSL
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KSL 10/20/12 - 04:46 am
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Normally I would not ask why

Normally I would not ask why anyone's son was at a youth center like that. Reidsville was where youth were sent when I was growing up. And that is where a young black man was sent after continuously breaking into our house. My mother tried her best to change him. She took him meals. She paid him for odd jobs manufactured so he could earn money to buy stuff. He kept coming breaking into our house and stealing. The last straw was when he felt the need to chase me. I was in the 7th grade, he was in the 8th. I jumped into my daddy's car and tryed to roll up the windows, but not before he had reached through and managed to scratch both of my wrists and make them bleed.

Breaking in and stealing was tolerated. Chasing me to the point of scratching my wrists through a car door window where I was taking refuge was not.

KSL
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KSL 10/20/12 - 04:39 am
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Sheriff Potts (Google him)

Sheriff Potts (Google him) immediately came out to pick him up. Off to Reidsville he went. My family tried so hard to help him, for years, but he just wouldn't be helped.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 10/20/12 - 06:51 am
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KSL,

Some humans have "Genes" that are dominate and can never be changed. It is the make up of there body from generation to generation.

KSL
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KSL 10/20/12 - 12:27 pm
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Rehabilitation

For the folks who believe our penal system should focus more on rehabilitation, you need to realize that there are a lot of people who just can't be fixed.

christyanne76
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christyanne76 10/22/12 - 12:53 pm
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Some children are there

Some children are there because they see them going down a path that's going to land them in worse places later...run out of options and ask the court to intervene. Simply being termed unruly can put you there which consists of anything such as coming home late, being disrespectful and not following house rules. Psychiatry and Psychology for some reason isn't covered much by health insurance. We did what we could, but he needed a serious wake up call. Point is though, if the state is going to take minors into their care...you have to run a tight ship. You don't send a child to lock up for being defiant, petty thief, what have you and make parents worry at night if their child is going to be beaten to death while there. They allow things to happen in those facilities that they would lock parents up at home for doing...or not doing.

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