Larry Reese
Photo: Fulton County Jail
Photo: Fulton County Jail

Fulton drug dealer sentenced to life in prison for killing 21-year-old mother 

A Fulton County drug dealer was sentenced to life in prison plus 10 years Thursday for murdering a 21-year-old mother.

Larry Reese, 39, had previously been arrested eight times in South Fulton County, with three of the arrests stemming from illegal drug activity, according to a news release.

Claynesia Ringer traveled to Reese’s home to purchase marijuana in August 2015, the release said. Reese mistook Ringer as an attempted robber and shot at her car multiple times with a handgun, fatally striking her in the chest.

Reese left the scene, but an elaborate video surveillance system he set up around his house showed him firing the shots that killed Ringer, the release said.

Marijuana, digital scales and plastic baggies used to package the drug were found in his home by police, the release said. 

Reese turned himself in to Fulton police in February 2016 after several months on the run.

Ringer was the mother of a 2-year-old girl, and she was enrolled in Atlanta Technical College with hopes of becoming a pharmacy technician, the release said.

Reese was found guilty of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal damage to property in the first degree, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, the release said.

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