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Augusta man sentenced to life in prison without parole for "senseless" killing

Thursday, April 24, 2014 5:49 PM
Last updated Friday, April 25, 2014 1:59 AM
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A young Augusta man who killed without any apparent reason was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Jonathan Lee Felton, 23, was convicted in Richmond County Superior Court of murder and weapon charges for the Oct. 25, 2010, shooting of 22-year-old Eric “Easy” Wright.

“It was a senseless death,” Assistant District Attorney Garon Muller told the jury Mon­day in his opening statement.

Wright wasn’t looking for trouble or doing anything more than meeting a man about buying a CD player for his prized Chevrolet Camaro, Muller said. Within minutes of speaking with Wright at the Aqua Land Car Wash on Tobacco Road, however, Felton pulled a gun and fired, then pursued Wright and fired several more times.

Wright’s girlfriend waited in his car while he went to talk with Felton. She was able to give sheriff’s investigators a description of the man and the vehicle he left in, including a partial tag number.

Using Wright’s phone, investigators identified Felton as a possible suspect. Wright’s girlfriend immediately identified him from a photo lineup, Muller said.

Felton ran before investigators could arrest him on the murder charge. Ten months after Wright was gunned down, Felton was apprehended in Philadelphia and returned to Augusta.

At the time of the shooting death, Felton was on probation. A 2007 armed robbery charge was reduced to theft. In February 2009, Felton was sentenced to six years on probation.

In 2010, Wright was working full time and attending Augusta Technical College, where he studied for a degree in radiology, the prosecutor said Monday.

Wright was given the nickname “Easy” because of his laid-back manner and easy-going nature.

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jmo 04/24/14 - 08:14 pm

we get to support him for the rest of his life. Bring back "Old Sparky".

nocnoc 04/25/14 - 06:00 am

Just plain senseless.

Could we get a picture of the victim?
All to often it seems the Thugs get the fame,
and the victims become a picture less memory.

curly123053 04/25/14 - 07:26 am
Sick !!

It is sad that this victim was going to school to better himself and this happens. Those who feel entitled to others property do not belong in society. Would this had happened had the thug's previous charge had not been lowered from armed robbery to theft? We will never know due to some compassionate court.

my.voice 04/25/14 - 08:05 am
"A 2007 armed robbery charge

"A 2007 armed robbery charge was reduced to theft. In February 2009, Felton was sentenced to six years on probation."

So, children, what have we learned from this? Had this thug been sentenced to 6 years in prison, well, you do the math.

Darby 04/25/14 - 04:17 pm
An eye

for an eye!

Why not?

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