Man gets life sentence for killing ex-high school football standout in 2017

A man was sentenced to life without parole Thursday for shooting and killing a former standout high school football player in Clayton County, authorities confirmed.

Marcus Fraser was convicted of murdering 20-year-old Rodricous Gates Jr. at the Hampton Downs Apartment at 6519 Mount Zion Boulevard in August 2017, Channel 2 Action News reported.

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Gates, a former standout quarterback at Mundy’s Mill High School, got into a fight with Fraser outside a building, previously reported. Gates was found dead by Clayton County police in the parking lot.

Shantavier Willis also faced a charge in connection with this incident. She was accused of giving detectives a fake name when asked to help find Fraser. She was charged with making false statements to police.

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Shantavier Willis (Clayton County Sheriff's Office)

Fraser, who was 26 years old at the time, turned himself in to New York authorities later that month on an outstanding warrant related to a prior conviction. He was then charged in connection with Gates death, being charged with murder, aggravated assault, criminal attempt to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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