Originally created 06/09/01

Jury convicts two men in robbery, abduction



Two Augusta men will spend at least 10 years and possibly the rest of their lives behind bars after their convictions Friday.

A Richmond County Superior Court jury found Revanez S. Morgan, 21, and Reginald C. Harris, 24, guilty of all charges in a kidnapping this past fall.

In all, the jury convicted Mr. Morgan and Mr. Harris of kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime. The joint trial began Thursday and ended Friday afternoon.

The events the night of Oct. 3, District Attorney Brian Bush convinced the jury, began when Michael Warner opened his door to Mr. Morgan, an acquaintance from work. Several hours later, Mr. Warner was battered and suffering from a .40-caliber gunshot that shattered the bone in his left thigh.

Mr. Morgan and Mr. Harris, whom Mr. Warner didn't know before that night, robbed him and then kidnapped him in an attempt to force Mr. Warner to give the pair the address of a drug dealer. But Mr. Warner didn't know the man, the prosecutor said.

Mr. Morgan's defense attorney tried to convince the jury that Mr. Warner was the aggressor in a drug deal gone bad, while Mr. Harris' defense attorney tried to convince the jury that Mr. Harris wasn't the second man involved in the incident.

With its verdict, delivered in less than an hour, the jury validated Mr. Warner's claims that he was robbed, beaten, kidnapped and then shot as he struggled to escape his captors.

A sentencing date hasn't been set for Mr. Morgan and Mr. Harris. The minimum sentence will be 10 years in prison. Aggravated assault, armed robbery and kidnapping carry a potential penalty of up to 20 years, although armed robbery and kidnapping also can be punished by life imprisonment.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or shodson@augustachronicle.com.