2 intruders who prompted man’s deadly jump get life in prison

Mark Spencer (left), Lil’ Che Stafford

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Mark Spencer (left), Lil’ Che Stafford

Nearly three years after an Atlanta man’s fatal jump from a third-floor balcony to escape intruders, a judge has sentenced two people to life in prison in connection with his death.

Mark Spencer, 23, and Lil’ Che Stafford, 22, were convicted of felony murder and burglary in the Dec. 8, 2015, incident, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said Tuesday in a news release.

Jose Raman Greer, 51, called 911 from the balcony while Spencer, Stafford and Frederick Clark, 23, tried to kick in the door at his Oak Street apartment in Atlanta’s West End, Howard said.

“He jumped in fear of his safety,” Atlanta police said at the time.

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Greer suffered multiple fractures and died during surgery six hours later at Grady Memorial Hospital, AJC.com previously reported.

“After the defendants exited the apartment and were attempting to flee the scene,” Howard said, “Greer, still alive as he lay critically injured from his attempt to escape, asked the defendants for help.

“Instead of rendering aid, the defendants fled with several items belonging to Greer in tow.”

Maxx Pritchett, 22, and Vas Coleman, 18, waited outside in a getaway car, according to Howard.

The intruders stole several items, including Greer’s debit card and identification, according to Howard. A day later, Stafford and Spencer tried to sell Greer’s belongings and buy food at McDonald’s using the victim’s debit card.

Pritchett, Clark and Coleman will go to trial on the same charges, Howard said. No date is set.

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