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Augusta man convicted of murder in shooting death of 66-year-old man

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 6:04 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 8:32 AM
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Ronnie Berrian will spend the rest of his life in prison for gunning down a man in the middle of a street after a momentary exchange of words.

At the conclusion of his two-day trial in Richmond County Superior Court, a jury convicted Berrian, 29, of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

For the Oct. 10, 2012, shooting death of 66-year-old Russell Boyd, Judge J. Wade Padgett sentenced Berrian to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

This was one of those cases that shows how twisted things can become in mere moments, Padgett said. “I’m convinced we’ll never know the truth, the whole truth,” Padgett said of what happened that fatal morning.

Berrian claimed self-defense in the Camille Street shooting, but one eyewitness testified Monday that Berrian shot Boyd as the older man stood in the street with his hands in the air.

Assistant District Attorney Titus Nichols said Tuesday that they had tried to resolve Berrian’s case without trial. Because Boyd’s family had to go through the stress and grief of reliving Boyd’s death through the trial, Nichols asked the judge to impose a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

Defense attorney Omeeka Loggins of the public defender’s office asked the judge to consider that Berrian had no history of violence and his only prior felony conviction was for theft. She asked for a sentence of life with the possibility of parole.

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nocnoc 01/14/14 - 09:14 pm

Air conditioned and heated Prison
Cable TV
A bed with clean sheets
3 Good meals a day (specials on Holidays)
Phone calls
Clothing & Shoes
Barber shop
A ZERO deductible ZERO cost Medical Plan
Greater Education opportunities.
Exercise Room Weights, B-Ball.

We sure have punished this guy every day for the rest of his life.

itsanotherday1 01/14/14 - 09:51 pm
I don't subscribe to the

I don't subscribe to the notion that prison is cushy, and not punishment. Freedom is the most valuable thing a man has.

my.voice 01/15/14 - 02:27 am
"Because Boyd’s family had to

"Because Boyd’s family had to go through the stress and grief of reliving Boyd’s death through the trial, Nichols asked the judge to impose a sentence of life without the possibility of parole"

How about because he killed the man he gets LWOP?

"Berrian had no history of violence"

She should be made to do 1000 hours of community service for that comment.

Graymare 01/15/14 - 02:32 am
Being gangsta and badass

Being gangsta and badass seems glamorous to some young folks, but they really need to think about this lifestyle's result. Seems like the worse thing they can't do to a person is make prison cushy. Think about it. You have everything but can do a dang thing with it and can't go anywhere and you certainly won't enjoy it. Your "time" is taken away. They own you. Think of all the "never wills" and "never cans". No family outings, and not even family funerals, no peace and quiet. You can't "go" anywhere. Life as you knew it is over, forever. Young people don't consider this until it is all taken away. Your body but, especially, your mind is imprisoned with no way out. It must be hell on earth.

myfather15 01/15/14 - 06:48 am
No, prison is not "cushy".

No, prison is not "cushy". Because you're in there with the worst of the worst. Imagine living a life being surrounded by bullies!! Because that's what prison is, a bunch of bullies who could never grow up and mature in society!! Dangerous men who are extremely selfish!!!

But, as far as the conditions; yes, I do believe they are way to "cushy". They should NOT be allowed to work out with weights, ever!! To make this shorter, they should make it as hard as possible. Prison should NOT be very enjoyable.

Dseven 01/15/14 - 09:32 am
New culture

Unfortunately this man embrassed a culture that will take him to hell on earth. Prisons are scary, dangerous, noisy (beyond belief), hot, cold, boring, desolate, hopeless, lonely, places where time stands still. For this man it will be a whole new culture where fitting in will depend on his ability to survive and placate the bullies who roam the institution. Not to mention a lifetime of bad, bland, tasteless food, and terrible medical treatement. Don't do the crimes.

corgimom 01/15/14 - 10:12 am
Prisons are terrible places,

Prisons are terrible places, filled with very disturbed people. It's not cushy at all. Life is very bleak, and the living conditions are very difficult.

Living in a cage isn't fun.

There is nothing enjoyable about prison. Ever.

jimmymac 01/15/14 - 10:23 am

Prison must not be too bad of a place or why would we have so many thugs going back over and over. If it truly was that bad they'd move heaven and earth to keep from going back. I agree with MyFather. Make prison life free of weights and TV. Make them grow muscles breaking rocks and working on chain gangs.

lifelongresident 01/15/14 - 11:55 am
everyone your typical "SCUMBAG LAWYER"

omeeka?!?!?!?!? so we all know enuff about his lawyer, so now she's concerned about the pain and anguish of this piece of craps' family...where was the family when 'Ole ronnie" was skipping school, stealing, selling drugs, and assualting other people???? so what we have is a scumbag lawyer pleading for mercy for a convicted felon on trial for killing someone..."ole omeeka" could have saved the county and law-abiding taxpayers a lot of money by having her client immediately plead guilty and throw himself on the mercy of the court...but no i guess "ole omeeka" had to take this case to trial so she can sharpen her skills to one day work for the Hawk Brothers because she like them are eager to represent butchers...i am sure "ole ronnie's" family was in the front row with his sorry azz mammy wearing her very best club outfit she bought from Citi Trends dabbing her eyes and telling anyone who will listen "mah's son aint not doo'd dis fo sho he were inn-ah-sent dem po-lee-ses set he up cause dey prob-bleh kilt dat man and frame mah son cause he be a convicted felon already was in jail fo bein a thief...mah son he a guut boy he jess cout up wit de ronk pee-poh dats ahl...i don't know where he daddy at, he may be in jail cause mah obama welfare chek is late i gots to be gittin home back to mah free prah-jek house fo sho"

bubbasauce 01/16/14 - 02:50 am
He got what he deserved

He got what he deserved except I thought his punishment should have been death!

JRC2024 01/16/14 - 10:09 am
Does anybody but his family

Does anybody but his family even care about this person, I don't. He got what he deserved when he pulled the trigger. Good Bye.

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