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Accused murderer pleads guilty
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Aug 01, 2013 | 2994 views | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One of the two co-defendants facing the death penalty for the murder of an elderly Jones County man pled guilty to the crime Monday.

Tyrone Terrell Richardson entered a guilty plea in Jones County Superior Court, July 29, to one count of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, armed robbery, false imprisonment, and burglary. The charges all stemmed from the Oct. 17, 2008, murder of 76-year-old Joseph Kitchens.

Richardson was charged in the crimes with Terrence Sanchez Burney.

Superior Court Judge James Cline accepted Richardson’s plea and sentenced him to life in prison for the murder charges, 20 years for armed robbery, 10 years for false imprisonment, and 20 years for burglary.

Under Georgia law, the murder counts are merged. Richardson received the maximum sentence for the other charges, but they will run concurrent with the murder charge.

District Attorney Fred Bright represented the state in the court proceeding, and the defendant was represented by capital defense attorneys Kimberly Staten-Hayes and Christian Lamar.

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