February 28-- Two Toombs County men are going to prison for the shooting death of a Vidalia man a year ago.
District Attorney Hayward Altman says 22-year-old Benjamin Johnson of 106 Sedie Page Road and 23-year-old Brian Stastny of 1540 Lyons-Center Road entered guilty pleas in Toombs County Superior Court.
Stastny pled to felony murder for the killing of 22-year-old Christopher Cartrette last February. Cartrette was found on the ground by his car on Cadillac Drive with a fatal gunshot wound to the chest. Stastny got life in prison and will be eligible for parole.
Authorities say Johnson cooperated with police in the investigation and entered a plea of voluntary manslaughter. His sentence is 20 years with eligibility for parole in 15 years.
In other cases, six people were sentenced on drug related charges. Calvin Maurice Sanford gets 20 years for cocaine and marijuana possession with intent to distribute; Trevian Lareese Edwards received 15 years for cocaine possession; Christopher Aaron Scott got ten years for marijuana possession; Marcus Emilio Davis, five years for sale of cocaine; Stephen Lee Enoch, five years for possession of methamphetamine; and Rachel Denise Chamblee, five years for possession of Butabital.
In armed robbery cases, Ricardo Gaffney and Derrick Wright were sentenced to ten years confinement.
Guilty pleas to burglary were entered by James Clements, Jr. who got 20 years; Clinton Walker who received 20 years; Glynn McLendon who was sentenced to 15 years; and Justin Del Harrell who received 10 years.
A 10-year sentence was imposed on Marquis Hall for theft by taking and Janis Renae Shumake got ten years for theft of services.
Jeffrey Phillips got six years probation and a $1,200 fine for failure to register as a sex offender.