Trio gets life in prison for deadly robbery

A Fulton County judge sentenced three felons to life in prison without parole for a botched robbery that left one man dead and another paralyzed two years ago.

Upon the jury verdict Monday, Superior Court Judge Stephanie Manis immediately sentenced Robert Harris, 22, Marcus Battle, 20, and Jacobey Carter, 26, to spend the rest of their lives in prison without parole.

According to the testimony, the three had spotted a trio at a filling station in southwest Atlanta and noticed that one wore an expensive watch, tracked them to a home in Erin Avenue in Capitol View and robbed them on Sept. 7, 2012.

“The three victims were gathered with several other friends in the driveway of the home when a group of gunmen wearing t-shirts over their heads exited a car, stormed the driveway with guns drawn and ordered the men to ‘give it up,’” said Yvette Jones of the district attorney’s office in an email. “When one of the victims made a sudden move, the defendants opened fire on the group.”

Kenneth Roberts, Jr., 19, died and Jearmain Finch was paralyzed from his wounds. Walter Williams, the third victim, was grazed by a bullet in his lower back.

Harris shot himself in the leg when bungled putting his pistol into his waistband. His friends dropped him off at a hospital emergency room, Jones said.

Carter was convicted of a murder in Clayton County that occurred a month before the Capitol View attack, according to state records. Harris had a conviction for a 2008 crime in Fulton County that caused the victim to lose a testicle,l according to Fulton County records.

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