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Augusta man sentenced to life in prison in beating death

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 6:43 PM
Last updated Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 1:53 AM
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An Augusta man who clubbed another man in the back of the head in front of a busy grocery store was convicted of felony murder Wednesday.

Superior Judge J. Wade Padgett sentenced Earnest E. Dailey Jr., 39, to life in prison with the possibility of parole for killing Jermaine D. Little, 32.

“You killed a man and you’re going to pay the price for that,” Padgett told Dailey. To cause the damage Little suffered led the judge to believe that it was an intentional blow meant to hurt him, even if Dailey didn’t mean to kill Little, Padgett said.

Little was hit so hard it caused massive hemorrhaging in his brain and the blow left an 11-inch skull fracture, Assistant District Attorney Adam Land reminded the jury in his closing statement Wednesday. At 6 feet, 7 inches and 270 pounds, Dailey was more than capable of causing such damage, Land said.

Little died three days after he was struck Feb. 1, 2012.

He was just steps away from the front door of Paul’s IGA on Greene Street when – three witnesses testified this week – Dailey hit Little in the back of the head with a wooden stick, possibly a chair leg.

Little never had a chance, his aunt, Lucille McGee, said Wednesday after the jury’s verdict. But McGee said the Little family’s sorrow would not give way to vengeance.

“You still can be forgiven,” McGee told Dailey. “You have to talk to the Lord.”

McGee encouraged Dailey to spend his years in prison contemplating the answers she said God can provide to those who ask.

“We’ll be praying for you,” she told him.

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concercitizen 02/27/13 - 08:13 pm
An eye for an eye, a tooth

An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, this man got off easy. This should have been a death penalty case. ...."the damage Little suffered led the judge to believe that it was an intentional blow meant to hurt him, even if he didn’t mean to kill Little, Padgett said" Where is the fine line? Little did not die from a punch in the nose. That is like the judge saying,"I know you meant to rob the bank, I just don't think you meant to take that much money. Therefore you will be back on the streets again.

Young Fred
Young Fred 02/27/13 - 10:14 pm
About how long is "life"

About how long is "life" nowadays?

younameit 02/28/13 - 07:04 am
The law

Except as otherwise provided in subsection (c) of Code Section 42-9-39, for a first conviction of a serious violent felony in which the accused has been sentenced to life imprisonment, that person shall not be eligible for any form of parole or early release administered by the State Board of Pardons and Paroles until that person has served a minimum of 30 years in prison. The minimum term of imprisonment shall not be reduced by any earned time, early release, work release, leave, or other sentence-reducing measures under programs administered by the Department of Corrections.

42-9-39(c): When a person receives consecutive life sentences as the result of offenses occurring in the same series of acts and any one of the life sentences is imposed for the crime of murder, such person shall serve consecutive 30 year periods for each such sentence, up to a maximum of 60 years, before being eligible for parole consideration.

MarinerMan 02/28/13 - 09:19 am
I can't believe we are going

I can't believe we are going to have to feed and clothe this worthless excuse for human protoplasm, for rest of his life. What a waste of our tax dollars.

Mugatu 02/28/13 - 11:04 am
Vengeance v. Retribution

"An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" is actually a call for restraint designed to prevent people from exacting disproportionate vengeance. It may be thought of as "take no more than an eye for an eye, take no more than a tooth for a tooth." Christ said, "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, do not resist an evildoer. If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also." And as Mahatma Gandhi said, “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind." Of course Gandhi's observation ignores the fact that there would be one person left with one eye, who would be king.

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