Eric Banks accepted a plea deal Monday in the shooting death of community activist Barney Simms. (Credit: Atlanta Police Department)

Teen sentenced to 30 years in community leader’s death 

An Atlanta teen-ager will serve 30 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday in the shooting death of civil rights activist Barney Simms.

Eric Banks, 17 at the time, was convinced by his mother to turn himself six days after the April 2016 shooting Simms outside his home. She had recognized her son from surveillance footage captured at the Waffle House on Virginia Avenue, where Banks had met Simms about an hour before his death. 

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