and his brother Jermain Jones, 17, pleaded guilty to robbery by force. The two were to be retried this week on murder charges after a mistrial was declared at their Richmond County Superior Court trial in October.
Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentenced Charles Jones to serve seven years in prison and 10 years on probation for the manslaughter charge and an unrelated burglary charge he also pleaded guilty to Thursday.
Judge Overstreet sentenced Jermain Jones to 10 years probation, first offender status, on the robbery charge. First offender status means that if Jermain Jones stays out of legal trouble and follows all the rules of probation, his conviction will be erased after 10 years.
The brothers were indicted on murder charges in the June 4 death of 42-year-old Glenn Love of Luckey Street. Mr. Love died several hours after being struck in head with a cement block near the intersection of Linden Street and Roulette Lane.
Assistant District Attorney Bobby Christine told the jury in his opening statement Thursday that an eyewitness would testify that Charles Jones was the one who hit Mr. Love with the cement brick and then Jermain Jones went through Mr. Love's pockets, taking his money as Mr. Love lay dying.
Charles Jones' attorney, William Sussman, told the jury Mr. Love died in an unplanned fight during an argument.