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Teen sentenced to life in prison, no parole, for murder

Plea offer of life, possible parole was rejected

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 6:00 PM
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An 18-year-old Augusta man who left his victims’ families and his own mired in grief will spend the rest of his life in prison.

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Holmes

Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. on Friday sentenced Dequan S. Holmes to life in prison without the possibility of parole, a sentence he had never imposed before.

A Richmond County Superior Court jury deliberated over two days before reaching the verdict: guilty of felony murder, aggravated assault and two weapon violations. Holmes was acquitted of malice murder.

On the the night of June 28, 2012, Holmes, then 17, knocked on the door of a Windsor Spring Road home and opened fire after Javares Alston, 38, opened it. Alston died at the scene.His friend was wounded.

Danielle Willingham testified this week that Holmes never said a word after the door opened and that he continued to shoot until the hammer of the gun repeatedly clicked on an empty chamber.

District Attorney Ashley Wright, who had offered a plea negotiation of life in prison with the possibility of parole, which Holmes rejected, argued Friday for the maximum sentence.

Holmes had been out on bond a week when he committed the crime. He was a suspect in an armed burglary in South Carolina, Wright said, and according to Holmes’ own statement, bought a gun the day he was released from jail.

Holmes’ grandmother, Janice Holmes, spoke on his behalf, apologizing to Willingham and to Alston’s parents.

“My heart is heavy for them,” she said. “We don’t condone any of the things that transpired ... what Quan has done.”

“My hearts breaks for you,” Blanchard said to Holmes’ family. “I’m a grandparent and a parent, but I have to look at both sides.”

He had never imposed a sentence of life in prison without parole, Blanchard said, but this crime was so calculated and exhibited such disregard for life – and it was committed so soon after another violent crime – that the sentence was justified.

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corgimom
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corgimom 08/16/13 - 06:24 pm
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Judge Blanchard has made the

Judge Blanchard has made the right decision.

If he is free, there is no doubt in my mind that he will kill again.

Evil exists.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 08/16/13 - 07:28 pm
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corgimom

I couldn't agree more!

I'm curious, maybe one of the lawyers who peruse the comment sections can answer.

Does life with no possibility of parole, really mean no parole? Or does it just mean he may have longer than usual to wait for a chance at parole?

Farmboy
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Farmboy 08/16/13 - 07:48 pm
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Karma

There is no escape.

Pops
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Pops 08/16/13 - 08:46 pm
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Should

be put down.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/16/13 - 09:11 pm
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There really should be an option

to allow Life Without Parolees, the option of assisted suicide.

myfather15
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myfather15 08/16/13 - 09:43 pm
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Young fred

He shall die in prison!! Life without the possibility, means just that!! It's sad that such a young person has NOTHING to look forward to for EVER!!! It's sad this kind of violence occurs period!! I've worked several murders, but I will NEVER understand the mindset of those who will take a life so easily!! I and WE can't understand it, because we don't think like this!!

Young Fred
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Young Fred 08/16/13 - 10:08 pm
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myfather15

I had to ask. So many times what is said is not literal.

I agree, it is sad. Each human being, being a unique soul, one has to wonder if 20 or 30 years in prison may change a 18 year old. I'm not naïve enough to believe all, or even most, can be reformed, like corgimom said, evil exist. Too bad there's no magic formula for determining those who have truly repented and deserve another chance.

Society has spoken, the crime was heinous enough to throw away the key. If he ever becomes truly repentant it is between him and God. Hopefully, if he doesn't become another prison statistic, he'll have time to help others that society deems should have another chance.

Then again, he may end up reaping what he sowed.

Kingbiscuitboy
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Kingbiscuitboy 08/16/13 - 10:36 pm
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Time to wake up

It is time for these young men to wake up and realize that society is not going to take their criminal behavior anymore. The precedent has been set with this case. Lock them all up for the rest of their lives for commiting violent crimes.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 08/16/13 - 10:55 pm
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MyFather15. I totally get

MyFather15. I totally get your comments. As a LEO, you have seen sides of the human race that I will never see. What makes certain of us as a species like this?

the compromiser
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the compromiser 08/17/13 - 12:17 am
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A real Prison Statement

Everyone can make a mistake but to go to someone's door and just blast you self away. That is what he did. We got the School system down to a pack. Parents can't raise their children because you claim it is abuse. So this is the product you wanted. Now he has to wait on the coming of the Lord before he leave the Prison. I don't blame the defendant, I blame the system for not letting the parent. This is what you wanted all the while.

the compromiser
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the compromiser 08/17/13 - 12:21 am
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A real Prison Statement

Everyone can make a mistake but to go to someone's door and just blast your self away. That is what he did. We got the School system down to a pack. Parents can't raise their children because you claim it is abuse. So this is the product you wanted. Now he has to wait on the coming of the Lord before he leave the Prison. I don't blame the defendant, I blame the system for not letting the parent discipline the Child. This is what you wanted all the while.

jmo
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jmo 08/17/13 - 05:35 am
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Why do we....

taxpayers have to pay to house, feed, and take care of this thug's needs for the next sixty years? Knock the dust off "Old Sparky".

myfather15
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myfather15 08/17/13 - 05:52 am
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GAD

"What makes certain of us as a species like this?"

I guess If I could figure this question out, I would be rich. Honestly, I can only give an opinion and that is PARENTS!! All the way down the line from parents, to grandparents. Each generations passes down their behavior.

When a young child grows up in a family full of profanity, violence, substance abuse, narcissism, uninvolved parents, etc. THIS is NORMAL to them!! Citizen's can't understand this because they've NEVER seen it!! They haven't lived it!!

Although I haven't lived in it; I worked it for 16 years!! I've seen parents whose babysitter is the STREETS!!! They don't care where the child is, as long as the child is NOT bothering them. They couldn't care less about their child's schoolwork and it shows! They NEVER asked about it or ask if the child has homework. (I make it a point to ask my children every day how school went, what they learned and do they have homework that I can help them with.)

These parents are sitting at home abusing alcohol or illicit drugs. Getting intoxicated, then screaming, yelling and beating the children for NOTHING except getting on their nerves by asking a question. (As a parent, YOU are the answer to their questions or are supposed to be). These parents aren't teaching their children honor, integrity, loyalty, truth and wisdom; they don't have these, so how are they supposed to teach them to their child?

Again; these problems that are passed down from Generation to generation!! The grandparents were this way, the parents are this way and the children will more than likely be this way; because they simply DO NOT know any better!!! They don't KNOW what a normal, peaceful life is!! They only know substance abuse, screaming, yelling, and violence!!

Ok, now that I've stated my opinion of the problem; can someone tell us how to fix it? How to you make parents (grown human beings) become responsible, decent human beings, free of substance abuse? You CAN'T as long as FREE WILL is still within them!!

myfather15
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myfather15 08/17/13 - 06:04 am
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If you could ask a teacher,

If you could ask a teacher, they would tell you; they see these children come into their class. These kids display the attitudes as early as kindergarten. With the child's dirty clothes and attitude, you can almost guess what their house looks like, down to contents of refridgerator!! Before even meeting the parents, they can guess what the parent is like. These are the parents they NEVER meet, unless it's a meeting with school staff about the child's behavior problems. These parents certainly aren't coming to open house!!

Let me also say this: If ANYONE believes there is a SHRED of race in anything I'm saying; you couldn't be farther from the truth!! You want to see a LOT of these people? Go the FACES OF METH site!! You will be staring straight at a good portion of these parents I'm talking about!!

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Faces+of+meth&qpvt=Faces+of+meth&FOR...

Tots
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Tots 08/17/13 - 08:12 am
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Faces Of Meth site,

Good site myfather @ 6:04am,but you should also post a site showing the crackhead parents.... This site only shows that meth is mostly a white persons drug..... I know cause i've got METH heads and CRACK heads as neighbors.... I call them the black boys and white boys,but their lady friends sell for them too....
My job of many years has allowed me to see these parents,grandparents and the children and it hasn't been a pretty site and not getting any better with time...

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/17/13 - 08:42 am
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His answer to being disrespected. Kill the offender. No change
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His answer to being disrespected. Kill the offender. No change

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/17/13 - 08:43 am
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Pop a cap and you end that discussion for ever.
Unpublished

Pop a cap and you end that discussion for ever.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/17/13 - 08:44 am
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Another animals life means nothing to an animal. Street dog.
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Another animals life means nothing to an animal. Street dog.

my.voice
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my.voice 08/17/13 - 09:15 am
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All comments aside, at the

All comments aside, at the end of the day, we have two families forever altered. One family seeking closure, but yet will never be whole again. A second family left with a lifelong open wound that will never heal. Two children lost to time, one without chance of return, the other without chance of release, but neither a chance to live.

Sure, it's easy to read this story and comment about either side, but at the end of this story there is nothing but sadness. If but for the grace of God, there go I....... I am grateful I had a different chance in life.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 08/17/13 - 10:22 am
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myvoice

IMHO you've a good soul! Some of these kids never really had a decent chance, and that's a fact Jack!

Not trying to excuse anything because we all have to own our actions. And many (not all) have to own the actions of our children.

There is a partial answer to this dilemma, but we as a society can't/won't stomach what is necessary.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 08/17/13 - 12:06 pm
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The boy
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should die by lethal injection-----next week.

myfather15
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myfather15 08/17/13 - 12:09 pm
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Tots

I agree 100%; the crack addicts, heroin addicts and prescription pain pill addicts AND alcoholics; are all a BIG part of what I was saying!! My point with faces of meth were to cut off the claims of racism, before they even get started. All too often, when you're talking about something like this, people begin to ASSUME, you're are talking to a certain group of people. NOTHING could be farther from the truth!!

Any person possessing common sense KNOWS that every group of human beings on earth, are effected by drugs!! CHILDREN being the biggest victims, because of their addicted parents!! The word SAD, doesn't even cover it!!

Then, that's when we see these teens getting LIFE without parole!! There is nothing we can do about it now; but could you just imagine for a minute, what this young mans life would be like; had he received TRUE guidance and love at home, his whole life!! I honestly don't think he would be spending the rest of his life behind bars, because I don't think he would be the mean young man he became!!

myfather15
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myfather15 08/17/13 - 12:11 pm
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I just want to add one more thing, then I'm done for a while

Not all terrible parents are drug addicts!! Some are just disgusting human beings and VERY SELFISH!! Couldn't care less about their children!!

Just wanted to make it clear that I wasn't trying to say EVERY situation like this is because of drugs; but probably the vast majority!!

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CobaltGeorge 08/17/13 - 02:00 pm
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myfather,

I must say that you demonstrate that you perform you profession in a very professional way.. but.. IMO, I really think you missed your true calling in life.

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BamaMan 08/17/13 - 02:42 pm
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Myfather

Absolute truth in every word. So many people, I won't say parents, want to be left alone, or be friends with their offspring instead of PARENTS. It's not my job to be your friend. It's my job to love, guide, teach and discipline you. Get over it kiddo!

Darby
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Darby 08/17/13 - 03:35 pm
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"It's sad that such a young person has

NOTHING to look forward to for EVER!!!"

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It's sad that taxpayers will have to carry this piece of human debris for what may be seventy or eighty years.

jmo
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jmo 08/17/13 - 05:26 pm
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Did he weigh.........

more or less than 97 pounds when he pulled that trigger?

corgimom
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corgimom 08/17/13 - 07:37 pm
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I have news for all of you on

I have news for all of you on here.

Drugs are a HUGE problem in the CSRA, and it's not just the kids of neglectful parents.

They are all over the schools, and that includes the ones whose kids have wealthy, caring, church-going parents.

And as for myfather saying "You see them in kindergarten", no, you don't. There is absolutely no way of predicting who will and who won't use drugs when they are older.

In fact, the wealthy kids are more likely to use, they have the money to do it. The poor kids have to stick with pot and crack.

I never saw my father drink. I could count on two fingers the number of times I saw my mother drink alcohol, ever.

There were 5 kids. 4 girls, 1 boy.

4 girls- no problems ever
1 boy- alcoholic

There is absolutely NO predictor as to who will be an addict. If somebody knew that, they'd make billions and it would change the world. Certain personality traits, certain family histories, certain other factors CAN PLAY A ROLE, but sadly, addiction cuts across all socioeconomic levels, all races, both sexes, all education levels, it's an equal opportunity scourge.

This idea that all the addicts are in the ghettos- HAH! Some of the worst addicts I knew in Augusta were from the "fine well-known families"!

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corgimom 08/17/13 - 07:38 pm
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And that includes the crack

And that includes the crack heads and meth heads, too!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/17/13 - 08:00 pm
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Impressive

Corgimom. you sure do know alot! Gosh, just about everything. Impressive.

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