Teen gets life in prison

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A former high school football star who had a full college scholarship awaiting him was sentenced Friday to life in prison plus five years.

Johnny Overstreet Jr.: Former Laney football player was convicted for committing a string of robberies with former classmates.  Special
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Johnny Overstreet Jr.: Former Laney football player was convicted for committing a string of robberies with former classmates.
Sandy Hodson
Database Reporter
E-mail | 706-823-3226

Johnny Overstreet Jr., 19, was convicted of more than 30 criminal charges for his role in a string of armed robberies of fast food restaurants in the spring of 2006.

"He has already lost everything he ever had," said his attorney, Benjamin Jackson of the public defender's office.

Before his trial and even during it, Mr. Overstreet was offered plea negotiations, said Assistant District Attorney Adam W. King.

The robberies were the acts of immature high school kids, Mr. Jackson said. They thought it was a good way to get money for night school and the prom.

Mr. Overstreet was a star linebacker for Lucy C. Laney High School. He had a football scholarship offer from the University of Florida, Mr. Jackson said.

What struck Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. during the trial was the fear of the robbed employees, he told Mr. Overstreet. One was pregnant; another testified that all she could think of when facing a masked man with a gun was that she would never see her children again.

The judge said he also remembered Mr. Overstreet's attitude. At one point, Mr. Overstreet refused to attend his own trial. He was disrespectful to his attorney and to the court, Judge Brown said.

Two former classmates pleaded guilty and received 15-year prison sentences - Derrick S. Garrett, 21, and Kenneth L. Walker, 20.

Three others are still awaiting trial: Marquise D. Taylor, 19; Timothy Wright Jr., 20; and Reginald M. Rouse, 21.

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

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HTN007
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HTN007 09/22/07 - 12:34 am
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life in prison for multiple

life in prison for multiple armed robbery, even with parole, seems a bit stark to me, even with all the disrespectfullness to the Court, for a 19 year old? And, this is coming from someone who was the target of an armed robbery, held at gunpoint in his own car 15 years ago at MCG.

emanuelgeech
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emanuelgeech 09/22/07 - 01:21 am
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30 armed robberies? Seems

30 armed robberies? Seems like a fair sentence to me.

HTN007
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HTN007 09/22/07 - 01:37 am
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"30 armed robberies? Seems

"30 armed robberies? Seems like a fair sentence to me."........
1] does the guy have any prior arrest history?
2] did anyone die in the 30 armed robberies?

As It Is
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As It Is 09/22/07 - 02:02 am
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Any 19 year old in today's

Any 19 year old in today's society is fully aware of the consequesces for their actions. To commit one single armed robbery, even without any previous arrest history since that shouldn't even matter should be met with a very stiff punishment. Crimes against others should not be taken lightly by anyone. When you take a gun, put on a mask and point that gun at someone demanding money or participate, you deserve every bit of punishment you have coming to you. When you do this THIRTY times, quite frankly, you don't even deserve to be a part of society again. And, once you are caught, you are rude, disrespectful, un-repenting, etc. then your punishment surely will be more stringent than those who show remorse for their actions. It is sad that he made these choices but he did so knowing that he had the potential for an excellent future and the ability to make a lot of money. He chose to commit armed robbery and for those choices he should be incarcerated for a very long time. Frankly, 1 year per robbery seems pretty weak. Thank God he is off the street before he was killed or killed someone.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 09/22/07 - 02:18 am
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Oh, no, here come Jesse, AL

Oh, no, here come Jesse, AL and the other racism folks.

violinplyr1003
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violinplyr1003 09/22/07 - 02:55 am
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I don't know I think I agree

I don't know I think I agree with hypertension. If there were any killings in the robberies then he would have been charged with them as well right. He made a stupid decision but I think it is crazy to give him life if people are out there molesting, raping, and killing in cold blood and they get off easier than this. Our justice system definately needs some work!!!!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 09/22/07 - 03:01 am
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Once could be written off to

Once could be written off to immaturity, but 30X shows a callous soul. The sentence was just.

hisfaith2003
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hisfaith2003 09/22/07 - 03:05 am
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gacopperhead, ha ha funny,

gacopperhead, ha ha funny, only if the law is one sided. life plus for a 19 yr old is a little steep. But for you to compare the two situations that has nothing to do with each other is total egnorant on your part. Remember our throughts are our own, until we open our mouth and make [filtered word] of ourselves always remember coma is a B----

Stan12
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Stan12 09/22/07 - 03:32 am
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To often our teen donot

To often our teen donot realize what live is all about until they find themselves in sad but real situtition, Did the judge send the right messesage,I cannot really say because if you read the new paper in the next two week , you will find some young person doing the same thing!!!!!!So the buttom line is training starts at home and we cannot give up on our childrens

iam4him
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iam4him 09/22/07 - 03:37 am
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That was 30 criminal charges

That was 30 criminal charges not 30 robberies, sentence is way to steep, out of line, way out of line. He was wrong but so is the sentence. Think about it , if u r a preachers wife and decide to kill your husband, point blank and in cold blood, u get 4 months.

spotted_assassin
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spotted_assassin 09/22/07 - 03:37 am
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I don't know. It sounds about

I don't know. It sounds about right. In an armed robbery, the robber hold the life of another person in their hands. The one getting robbed doesn't know if they are gonna see another minute. Johnny Overstreet Jr. held at least 2 people's (assuming from the story) individual lives in his hand. He had no regard for another's well being.
What gets me is the attitude he had...look, if you felt that you were man enough to take from these people and hold them at gun point...be man enough to come to your hearing and look at them face to face!
This kid had a bright future ahead of him. See what following behind stupid people that can't see past their next pair of AirForce 1's gets you? His so-called friends were just like crabs in a barrel.

blackjack30
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blackjack30 09/22/07 - 03:50 am
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30 ARMED robberies so they

30 ARMED robberies so they would have money to go to the prom???? OFFERED a numerous deals, but wouldn't take them?? He got what he deserved. Leave it at that!

t of i
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t of i 09/22/07 - 04:20 am
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"A string of armed

"A string of armed robberies," "30 counts," attitude problem, this judge is sending a message that we are fed up with this kind of behavior, He had a full scholarship to Florida and then who knows what from there. Again, I say the judge is sending a message. This person was what, 18 or 19 when this happened? That is old enough to know right from wrong by a huge number of years. Did society fail him? No. Did his parent(s) fail him?Maybe to yes. I say society didn't fail him because he had achieved a goal than most do not, full scholarship to college to play the sport of his choice -- something he has thrown away for prom money?? And, were those older than him who pleaded out going to the prom as well? For those of you who post here and defend him, I challenge you to put actions where your typing is. Go out, find someone, and prevent the person from making the same mistakes.

cajunnana2000
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cajunnana2000 09/22/07 - 04:23 am
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30 criminal charges? my

30 criminal charges? my question is why did the justice system do something to him before. has he ever been punished bu the justice system before?

iletuknow
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iletuknow 09/22/07 - 04:27 am
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When will we ever stop

When will we ever stop glorifying these ball people?

karmakills123
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karmakills123 09/22/07 - 04:31 am
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thats right folks coma is a

thats right folks coma is a biotch and then you die...... :)

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 09/22/07 - 04:37 am
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Life for multiple armed

Life for multiple armed robberies? Only because he's black. If he were white he would have only gotten 98 years.

DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 09/22/07 - 04:50 am
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Well, what happens if that

Well, what happens if that pregnant lady lost her baby due to the stress?? Would you consider that as murder? A fetus by law terms is not alive until you hear the cry of a baby, but yet that baby is kicking in her body. Now bring a gun into the picture. what would have happened if that kid got nervous and accidentally shot someone? Do you honestly think that he would call 911 to report it??? Please, you are a bit soft hearted and clearly this thug was a gang member wannabe! Pity he lost that scholarship! He would have been set for a great career.

amazed1
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amazed1 09/22/07 - 04:56 am
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do the crime do the time.

do the crime do the time.

violinplyr1003
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violinplyr1003 09/22/07 - 05:07 am
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Does anybody know if anyone

Does anybody know if anyone was hurt in these robberies except for emotionally. I mean physically?

beenhereawhile
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beenhereawhile 09/22/07 - 05:13 am
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30 offenses??? Doesn't seem

30 offenses??? Doesn't seem like he was any big hurry to stop. It sounds like "life" will do it for him?

jebko
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jebko 09/22/07 - 05:32 am
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He has the Michael Vick

He has the Michael Vick mentality... on the field talent , off the field 'meat head'. He had the chance to me a POSITIVE role model for other youth, now he's a NEGATIVE role model, But a curious thing it seems about today's youth, is that they really don't care! Early discipline in the rearing of a child is a key factor in how they will conduct their adult life,,, 'as the twig is bent'.

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 09/22/07 - 05:45 am
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Pointing out other's who got

Pointing out other's who got light sentences compared to his is irrelevant. You can't excuse bad behavior by pointing out other's bad behavior. If he were caught and arrested after each incident, he would have gotten more than life, probably.

shamrock
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shamrock 09/22/07 - 06:10 am
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Can you spell S-T-U-P-I-D?

Can you spell S-T-U-P-I-D? Not Overstreet but those of you who are trying to excuse the sentence as too harsh. When you commit a crime you risk everything including the penalties you might pay afterward. Remember we don't have a justice system ... we have a legal system!

violinplyr1003
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violinplyr1003 09/22/07 - 06:11 am
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I was not excusing it kpc I'm

I was not excusing it kpc I'm just saying that our justice system really needs to be looked at as far as how much time if any people get for doing certain crimes. Its just like what iam4him said a preacher gets 4 months for killing her husband NOW THAT IS NOT JUSTICE and that judge should be reconsidered!

jack234
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jack234 09/22/07 - 06:12 am
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patricia: Glad to see you

patricia: Glad to see you back. I'm still awaiting your presentation of evidence that you find in my post that led you to label me a "blind racists". You can do it today while you are off and have free time. You did a "hit and run" yesterday. Have a blessed day, and looking to hear from you.

jack234
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jack234 09/22/07 - 06:24 am
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Patricia: Are you gone for

Patricia: Are you gone for the day again? You are about to lose all credibility with the readers. (again)

wise
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wise 09/22/07 - 06:27 am
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As it is you are wrong 19

As it is you are wrong 19 year olds today are still being babied by their momas. They think moma can get them out of everything. Childern are being enabled by their parents. I am not saying that after 30 armed robberies he should get any less time. I am just saying that he did not fully understand his actions. A 19 year old in this day age is glorfied by his peers to participate in this type of activity. I am sure he thought he was cool while participating in the actvities but all that coolness will wear off when he sits behind those bars. It will not be until then that he fully understands as a man what he did and how it was wrong.

karmakills123
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karmakills123 09/22/07 - 06:37 am
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He understood his actions

He understood his actions only to well....he was just to stupid to think he would not get caught or to arrogant to think he would be charged for his crimes.....maybe a bit more time in the class room instead of the ball field would have improved his IQ.

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 09/22/07 - 06:40 am
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I agree that the woman

I agree that the woman murdering her husband should get more time, but THIS sentence seems dead on.

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