Cobb judge sentences duo in 2015 teenage murder crime spree

Two young men have been sentenced in a 2015 crime spree led to the death of a 27-year-old Cobb County man.

During a court hearing Monday, Christopher Iverson Green and Cameron Miguel Mathis both pleaded guilty to multiple felonies, according to a news release from the Cobb district attorney’s office. Franklin Callens was shot in the chest before the pair stole his car.

Green, who was 15 at the time of the spree, was sentenced to life in prison and was charged with malice murder, prosecutors said. Mathis, who was 16 at the time, pleaded guilty to a voluntary manslaughter count and was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison.

“It is unfortunate that these two men with their whole lives ahead of them chose this path to prison by taking the life of another young man,” prosecutor Patricia Hull said in the news release.

The spree on Dec. 13, 2015, started with the teens carjacking a woman in DeKalb County and then quickly crashing the vehicle on I-20, causing a fiery wreck.

They took a Kia Sorento at gunpoint from two other men and went back to Green’s home for several hours before driving the Sorento to Douglasville, where police said they took a man’s cell phone at gunpoint.

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Then they drove to the Concepts 21 apartments in Austell where Callens lived. Callens was heading to work when the duo shot him in the chest, according to police. The pair drove off with Callens’ 2013 Toyota Corolla, which was later found abandoned in Clayton County.

Police tracked the phone stolen from the Douglasville victim to Green’s home, where cops said they found items stolen from other victims.

Charges remain pending against both men in DeKalb, Fulton and Douglas counties.

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