Man sentenced to life plus 70 years in killing

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One of five Augustans charged in a 2008 home invasion and killing in Grovetown was sentenced to prison Friday and another was deemed competent to stand trial.

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Authorities charged Karmbi Octavious Young, 20, in addition to three men and a juvenile in the shooting death of Rickey Gibson, 33, of Grovetown.

A Columbia County jury convicted Mr. Young last month of murder, armed robbery, burglary, kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of marijuana.

Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. sentenced Mr. Young to life in prison plus 70 years.

David Brunk, the defense attorney for Garland Ray Pittman, 15, filed an intent to seek the insanity defense, which required a mental evaluation to determine his competency to stand trial.

Dr. Adriene Davis, a state psychologist assigned to complete the evaluation, attempted the evaluation three times.

Each time Mr. Pittman was either uncooperative or unable to complete a thorough interview. She refused to provide a determination, saying that Mr. Pittman got easily frustrated, had an inability to communicate effectively and could not clearly explain the rules and procedures of the court or the roles of its officers.

"I think he generally gets confused," Dr. Davis said. "He struggles a lot to reiterate and explain issues relating to competency."

Mr. Brunk stated concerns about Mr. Pittman's ability to assist in his own defense.

Judge Blanchard ruled that Mr. Pittman was competent to stand trial.

Reach Valerie Rowell at (706) 868-1222, ext. 110 or valerie.rowell@augustachronicle.com.

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anotherday
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anotherday 09/12/09 - 02:03 am
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Karma got Karmbi

Karma got Karmbi

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 09/12/09 - 02:33 am
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Mr. Pittman, nobody can fool

Mr. Pittman, nobody can fool Mother Nature. And you couldn't fool Superior Court Judge Blanchard. Fortunately, for the safety of our county, your case wasn't assigned to juvenile court's Elmer Fudd whom you could have fooled.

Frank I
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Frank I 09/12/09 - 06:09 am
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good job Judge Blanchard

good job Judge Blanchard

whoshere
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whoshere 09/12/09 - 06:29 am
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I don't believe in that

I don't believe in that insanity stuff. You may or may not be insane, but if you commit a horrific crime as this, it should not matter if you are crazy or not. You should still be punished! Good job Judge Blanchard! Keep up the good work! Hopefully the family can begin to get some closure now.

justus4
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justus4 09/12/09 - 07:29 am
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A paper drill. These boys
Unpublished

A paper drill. These boys didn't stand a chance and probably have mental issues but their defense is AWOL. Nothing here is seeking truth or justice. They were convicted when they were charged. Were they even at the scene or did a jailhouse informant provide the details? What a sad joke.

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 09/12/09 - 09:24 am
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A society that bases its

A society that bases its education on "...not acting white" often produces members who can't maintain a train of thought and has communication problems. This "disability" didn't stop him from participating in the criminal act.

Opinionated one1
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Opinionated one1 09/12/09 - 09:32 am
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We need more Judge

We need more Judge Blanchard's in the court system.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 09/12/09 - 09:48 am
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It's sad that young men can

It's sad that young men can be arrested in RC over 20 times, but it takes someone being killed before they lock them up for good.

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 09/12/09 - 09:49 am
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No justus, your posts are the

No justus, your posts are the sad joke.

deekster
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deekster 09/12/09 - 09:55 am
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Appeals are on the way.

Appeals are on the way. What bit of information was illegally obtained and what was the judge's charge to the jury? Good old CC justice.

disssman
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disssman 09/12/09 - 11:14 am
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Who wants to bet he dosen't

Who wants to bet he dosen't spend 10 years in jail? What idiots we are. When was the last time you folks heard of a prisoner dieing of old age? Now if he had killed someone of prominence, he may have spent at least 20 years, but a common person that is a different story. I did notice we as taxpayers are still on the hook for his defense in the upcoming trial for Pittman which is nothing but a waste of money because sooo many of you bleeding hearts out there would find forgiveness in your hearts because he is sooo young.

Doyougetitnow
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Doyougetitnow 09/12/09 - 11:32 am
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As usual Justus4 is in need

As usual Justus4 is in need of permanent sleep. Go be roomates with the guy.

Doyougetitnow
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Doyougetitnow 09/12/09 - 11:34 am
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BTW....they didn't kill a

BTW....they didn't kill a "common person"...they killed the father of 4 children, the son of one and the friend of MANY....GO JIM GO!!!!

Doyougetitnow
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Doyougetitnow 09/12/09 - 11:40 am
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The forgiveness isn't up to

The forgiveness isn't up to us...........but our judicial system is more likely to be what keeps them in jail/prison for longer. Bleeding hearts? Hmmmmmmm young or NOT....they still murdered.

Doyougetitnow
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Doyougetitnow 09/12/09 - 11:42 am
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Everyone got quiet? What's

Everyone got quiet? What's up with that? C'mon, no more criticism about our justice system or bleeding hearts. I love it when people spit out their ignorant comments but when challenged they don't back it up. That's right...RUN!

sugar babe 74
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sugar babe 74 09/12/09 - 11:47 am
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I dont care if you are

I dont care if you are 15,25,35 anyone knows not to kill a human being,so 15 needs to get what he deserves

Doyougetitnow
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Doyougetitnow 09/12/09 - 11:57 am
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Amen sugar babe 74

Amen sugar babe 74

Roeschen
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Roeschen 09/12/09 - 11:59 am
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Thank you Judge Blanchard.

Thank you Judge Blanchard. Now, lets see if we can't get more scum off of the streets.

dani
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dani 09/12/09 - 02:13 pm
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What a sad commentary. A

What a sad commentary. A young man throws his entire future away for no good reason. Also sad is the fact that other young men are not learning from these horrid actions. Yes he needs to be off the streets, let us hope he stays off, but how sad that he places no value at all on his or other human life.

jack
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jack 09/12/09 - 02:40 pm
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They, by law, are all

They, by law, are all killers, so Judge, put'em away and throw away the key. The needle would have been better.

jack
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jack 09/12/09 - 02:40 pm
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They, by law, are all

They, by law, are all killers, so Judge, put'em away and throw away the key. The needle would have been better.

MtnMan
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MtnMan 09/12/09 - 02:47 pm
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justus4...why are you always

justus4...why are you always sticking up for people when you know they are wrong? Murders and thieves all have a friend in you...simply because of color. How sad you are....people have no respect for you...

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 09/12/09 - 02:50 pm
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Simpson, it is the bleeding

Simpson, it is the bleeding hearts that do not let the justice system punish and deter as they should. No one ran, what did you challenge? 2 minutes later and you are spouting off? What is it you are looking for? Those dang bleeding hearts are the ones who do not let the death penalty do its job, punishing and preventing. Now we have overcrowded jails and cush prisons, because of them. We have to as taxpayers spend millions on a [filtered word] like brian nichols defense, then house the [filtered word] for the next 25-30 years on the taxpayer, pay for all his appeals and if anyone deserves the death penalty its that [filtered word] and everyone knows it. But instead of a swift death penalty and trial we have to play games, he raped, escaped and killed many. He obviously is a risk for it to happen again, so why the millions? That money could be spent helping people who deserve it. And if the bleeding heats didn't keep arguing the inhumane death penalty, people would be executed sooner, have less crowded jails, and more would be deterred from their crimes if they knew they had a short time to live once convicted!! Inhumane my foot, was what they did to their victims humane? Hell no! I have more if you want it.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 09/12/09 - 03:02 pm
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And disssman, would have more

And disssman, would have more for ya too I'm sure, he's just not here, no one ran, we can back it up. lol 2 minutes....pfft

corgimom
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corgimom 09/12/09 - 05:23 pm
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"She refused to provide a

"She refused to provide a determination, saying that Mr. Pittman got easily frustrated, had an inability to communicate effectively and could not clearly explain the rules and procedures of the court or the roles of its officers." That describes lots and lots of criminals, but that's not insanity. Mental illness, or mental disability, is not the same as insanity. Did he know the difference between right and wrong? Did he know what he was doing was wrong? Was he psychotic at the time? That's the difference.

keepnitreal
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keepnitreal 09/13/09 - 10:31 am
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Capitol Punishment for all 5

Capitol Punishment for all 5 of them pieces of crap that took the life of a father, son , brother, and even putting the gun in the babies mouth (Who does that).Big cowards,Kids can't fight these days, thats why they shoot people.. Give me 10 mins with them i'll give them a wipin like there mama should have gave them for years.As for just 10 yrs like dissman said, i dont think so, they gonna rott in prison, cause that 5 less 80's crack baby on the street for along time.And you no whats gonna happen to them in the State camps. They gonna be washing underwear and shining shoes, and ironing some big inmates clothes.But i say if you take a life, the system should take your aways to, if the crime was planned like this one was.. Thanks Judge Blanchard Keep up the great work..Karma for Karmbi..Enjoy Prison

keepnitreal
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keepnitreal 09/13/09 - 10:36 am
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Hey Justus4 Your comments are

Hey Justus4 Your comments are garbage. you must be friends with those low lives. wish we could delete you, you coward.How could you side with some of these crimes that go on. Your the reason i signed up to this site. coward...

Doyougetitnow
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Doyougetitnow 09/13/09 - 04:29 pm
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Justus and Takeastand may as

Justus and Takeastand may as well be brothers for what they think they know. Have a good day!

Doyougetitnow
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Doyougetitnow 09/13/09 - 04:40 pm
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Takeastand...I hope your

Takeastand...I hope your don't think I have a fear of your "and i've got more" statement. You don't have a clue about the case unless you've been sitting in court. You don't ever need to tell me of the brutality of it. I've taken this case very personally since day one and if you knew anything about it...you'd for sure know I"m not a bleeding heart when it comes to murder. I also don't have a bleeding heart for people who can't control their mouth when crap starts oozing out. Get your story straight sir.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 09/15/09 - 07:55 am
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if he is insane, all the more

if he is insane, all the more reason to "PUT HIM DOWN", they execute mad dogs don't they????? they all need to be put in the express lane to the electric chair

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