DeKalb prosecutors were going for another murder conviction when they agreed to the reduced plea.
Carter was found at the plant with his hands tied and seven bullet wounds in his back one day in March 1976. Authorities believe Brooks was one of two men who killed Carter while trying to steal money from vending machines at the plant.
James Earl Carter was working as an unarmed security guard at the Hormel Meat plant near Tucker in 1976 when he encountered Fred Dalton Brooks, and was brutally slain. After nearly four decades, Brooks was convicted for Carter’s murder.
Brooks confessed to the crime in 2012 in hopes that authorities would agree to move him from a maximum security unit in Jackson. Serving life for kidnapping and robbery, he'd been moved to the secure unit after an escape. He’s escaped numerous times from jail across Georgia.
He later claimed he falsely confessed to Carter’s killing.
That, according to his plea, was false.