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Augusta murderer sentenced to life in prison without parole

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 9:11 PM
Last updated 9:58 PM
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To prevent Seth Rouzan from killing yet another person, a judge sentenced him Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Judge Daniel J. Craig imposed the sentence minutes after a Richmond County Superior Court jury found Rouzan, 28, guilty of all charges in the Aug. 21, 2012, shooting death of 64-year-old Joseph Williams II.

At the time of Williams’ murder, Rouzan was still under a probation sentence for manslaughter and burglary in the Dec. 12, 2006, slaying of 39-year-old Jeffrey Labord.

“You are a predator, Mr. Rouzan,” Craig said. The only way to ensure he would not kill another Augusta resident is to keep him in prison for the rest of his life, Craig said.

He also sentenced Rouzan to a consecutive 15-year prison term for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon during the commission of a crime.

Rouzan had nothing to say Thursday before being sentenced, but his father, Clyde Rouzan, spoke on his behalf, not to justify what Rouzan did but to ask for compassion and for the understanding that two families are now suffering.

In court Thursday for the verdict and sentencing was Williams’ 9-year-old son, Joseph III, who witnessed the shooting and testified against Rouzan this week, identifying him as the killer.

According to witnesses, Rouzan planned to rob Williams of cash and any pills he had. Williams’ son testified he heard his father and Rouzan talk of pills before Rouzan started shooting.

Williams, who was unarmed, was shot in the back.

Rouzan’s former co-defendant, 17-year-old Ronnie Pontoon, pleaded guilty in May to armed robbery. He is serving 20 years in prison.

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/20/13 - 07:53 am
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and only a Life Sentence to go.

There was no argument he did both murders.

Our Judicial system saw fit to let him out after just 3 years and maybe a month of his 5 year sentence, then he killed again.

I'll never understand why dead to right, no if's and's or but's killers get put in place that treats them, feds them, houses them, etc etc etc... better than a poverty living American on the outside?

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jimmymac 12/20/13 - 09:59 am
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I wonder how long it will take for this thug to kill again in prison? Hopefully he'll meet his match and no one will turn their back on him. He's apparently really dangerous when he's behind someone.

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LCC0256 12/20/13 - 11:13 pm
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Judge Craig...

is turning into one of (if not) the best judge(s) on the Superior Court in years. We had two other excellent Superior Court Judges who returned to private practice in recent years (unfortunately for the citizens of our area) He has an excellent grasp & knowledge of the law in Georgia along with a true jurist temperament. The man knows when to bring the hammer yet has shown compassion in cases where it was merited. He was the most effective DA we have had since 1966 IMO He is an honest and true servant to our judicial circuit. A real throw back to the time when men and women entered into public office for the GOOD of their community as a whole and it's citizenry in particular.

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