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3 sentenced in deadly home invasion

4th man shot, killed by teen defending his family

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 6:47 PM
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A judge has sentenced to prison three men linked to a 2012 home invasion in which a fourth perpetrator was fatally shot by a 15-year-old defending his family.

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Leonard Jamal Walton, 19, of Martinez, Jose Lopez-Gamero, 22, of Evans, and Edward Albert Brown III, 21, of Augusta, were charged with murder, criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Walton pleaded guilty to burglary and criminal attempt to commit armed robbery at a Thursday sentencing hearing as part of a negotiated plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office. Superior Court Judge Michael N. Annis sentenced him to 20 years in prison followed by 10 years on probation. He also required Walton to get his GED diploma.

“I apologize to everyone for my actions, for going along with this plan,” Walton said at the hearing. “I’m not a bad person. I’m not violent. I didn’t mean for anyone to be hurt or anybody’s life to be taken away.”

On Tuesday, Lopez-Gamero and Brown pleaded guilty to criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and were sentenced to seven years in prison followed by eight years on probation.

The men – along with Justin Anthony Stephens, 19 – attempted to rob Bruce Barrett on Feb. 29, 2012, because they believed he had money on hand that he used for buying used video games.

“The plan was to rob him,” Assistant District Attorney Justin Jones said. “They knew he had cash to pay for used video games. ... The plan was to come to the door, snatch the cash and leave.”

Barrett answered the door without any money, so Walton and Stephens forced their way into the apartment and struggled with him. Barrett’s 15-year-old son, Jacob, saw the men fighting, got his father’s .22-caliber rifle from a bedroom and shot Stephens twice. Stephens died just outside the front door.

“That night, (Jacob) was forced to defend his family,” Barrett’s wife, Kathleen, said at the hearing. “My son went into action. ... That night, my son lost part of his innocence.”

Walton ran away. After the shots, Brown got into a car driven by Lopez-Gamero and they went to a nearby convenience store. Walton ran out of the woods near the apartment and joined them. Authorities found Walton’s DNA on a ski mask found near the scene.

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JRC2024
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JRC2024 08/22/13 - 09:35 pm
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Nothing ever goes like you

Nothing ever goes like you think it will in a robbery. Good for Jacob for shooting and killing this person. May he forever know that he did the right thing in defending his family and home. Bravo to him.

Rambler
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Rambler 08/22/13 - 10:00 pm
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Same sentence the distracted

Same sentence the distracted driver with no record received. I guess he showed the proper amount of remorse.

albertoli
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albertoli 08/22/13 - 10:08 pm
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why the disparity in the sentencing

why the disparity in the sentencing? they all committed the same crime. great reporting as usual. probably would have taken too much internet ink. glad one of them is out of society's danger for a while longer than the other two.

Rambler
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Rambler 08/22/13 - 10:21 pm
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The ones that got seven years

The ones that got seven years must have been REALLY remorseful and accepting of responsibility.

Common.sense
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Common.sense 08/22/13 - 10:29 pm
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What happened to the murder

What happened to the murder charge?

Young Fred
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Young Fred 08/23/13 - 12:15 am
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Nothing more serious than

Nothing more serious than having to defend your home. Home is supposed to be where one goes to relax and chill from the days ridiculousness.

Any person that would invade anothers castle, in most cases, deserves to become closely equated to the dirt finale!

Harsh I know, not near as harsh as someone breaking through your door while you're breaking bread!

Those still living can thank the good Lord, they've still got time to contemplate. Change your ways or pick someone other than a good-ole boy!

Stunned 2
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Stunned 2 08/23/13 - 02:04 am
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Thank Goodness that that awful guy got 20 years

Thank Goodness that that awful guy got 20 years. He was up to no good for quite a while. He prowled other neighborhoods. I called the police on him on a different occasion. We'll all be safer with him locked up for a good long time

pantherluvcik
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pantherluvcik 08/23/13 - 05:13 am
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It would appear that the

It would appear that the young man who forced his way in got more time. Maybe the other two got less time because they never entered the home. Just a speculation on my part, but the article does say that only two of them forced their way in. The other one that forced his way in is dead. I feel really sorry for the poor child that had to kill someone and now live with that reality. I'm sure that he will never be the same.

myfather15
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myfather15 08/23/13 - 05:14 am
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"Walton said at the hearing.

"Walton said at the hearing. “I’m not a bad person. I’m not violent. I didn’t mean for anyone to be hurt or anybody’s life to be taken away.”

The sad thing is, with the mentality people have in society today; they will believe this non-sense and feel sorrow for this criminal!! Not violent? You force your way inside another person's home, to rob them and then say "I'm not violent"? Like another poster said, your home is your sanctuary and safe place!! Anyone who violates this and goes into another's home for purpose of doing them harm; should be punished HARSH!!! I believe each and every one should have got 40 years!! Because a 40 years sentence is essentially 20 years to actually serve!!

Watch and see; the thumbs responses on this one will be about 50/50 or maybe slightly leaning upwards.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/23/13 - 06:04 am
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1 down 3 to go

is I how I feel.

The 4, minus 1, were involved in a home invasion robbery with an aggravated assault.

That could have ended up with the homeowner dead.

Less we forget, the prisons are over crowded.
We need to release non-violent offenders to HOUSE ARREST with strict monitoring and slam the door and weld it shut for the duration of the violent ones.

But Look on the bright side,
We have a DA with sensible understanding of the law and the community, not to charge the Homeowners son with underage possession of a firearm. But that can all change with 1 election.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/23/13 - 06:00 am
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Yes, he IS a bad person, good

Yes, he IS a bad person, good people don't break into other people's houses to rob them!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/23/13 - 06:13 am
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SIB4 - remember the Loganville Home Invasion?

She shot him 5 times with 38sp. and he still walked outsideand got into a SUV and drove off. He crashed down the road.

Its all were you shoot them.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/10/us/home-invasion-gun-rights

Jason Hasty
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Jason Hasty 08/23/13 - 06:23 am
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reason for disparity

The homeowners were present in court and approved it.

Jason Hasty
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Jason Hasty 08/23/13 - 06:25 am
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p.s. concerning murder

The decedent was one of the perpetrators.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 08/23/13 - 07:39 am
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wll at least for 8 years
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wll at least for 8 years these gorillas will be off the street, unless the porale borad lets them out early..lets hope not shall we...we all know the sorry azz mammies all were sitting in the front row with their best CITI TRENDS outfit and their nails and hair newly done telling anybody and everybody..."mah son he be a guut boy i caints not beleebe dat he doo'd dis fo sho i tink dey jess pick on mah boy cause dey aint nto be wite and dey be racist fo sho cause mah son aint not gad-e-ate from schuul cause dey be racist too cause mah son he gets all A's cause he smart like he daddy he jess got caught up wit dey wronk pee-poh"

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/23/13 - 07:52 am
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SIB4 - remember the Loganville Home Invasion?

Yes I do...the mother was hidden in an upstairs closet with her children....he came upstairs & she shot the gun many times...he still managed to leave the house.....amazing and brave mother protecting her young.......this is usually a quiet area but as we read in todays world.... NOTHING is safe anymore....we are kidding ourselves.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 08/23/13 - 07:55 am
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Guess he would have gotten more time

if he would have run a stop sign and gotten the guy killed in the wreck instead of getting him shot trying to rob someone...SMH

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 08/23/13 - 08:08 am
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It Was His Dad's Rifle

It's okay 'nocnoc', the gun was his dad's. Dad was just smart enough to tell him where he kept it. Too bad all four did not get a dirt nap. Of course the sad thing here is that Walton was apparently a drop-out. At least he is sentenced to get his GED. As I have said before, it is a shame that we don't have a rehabilitation plan in place that would get these kids a trade, while they are in jail. Then if they stray again, send them to a labor farm somewhere in the midwest.

grinder48
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grinder48 08/23/13 - 08:12 am
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pantherluvcik
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If what pantherluvcik wrote at 5:13 AM is correct - and it may well be - at a minimum it shows incompetent reporting on the part of Valerie Rowell and the editorial staff that readers are left to guess. Another sign of our failed educational system and growing acceptance of incompetence. Sad ...

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 08/23/13 - 09:41 am
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obama
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and the dnc will make sure they're registered democrats and allowed to vote in democratic primaries.

Darby
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Darby 08/23/13 - 06:16 pm
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Well, Marinerman1 - I'm no

Well, Marinerman1 - I'm no lawyer, but I don't think the law would apply inside one's domicile to begin with, would it?

Just thinking out loud again. I do a lot of that...

validPoint
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validPoint 08/23/13 - 10:43 pm
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Home

Home should be home. A person's home is a person's castle. Anyone who would break into someone elses' home should be given an automatic prison term without fail. There really are some states that have made breaking and entering an automatic prison sentence without fail, and this is a good thing.

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