Augusta murderer sentenced to life in prison without parole

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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