D.A. .says crimes against Hispanics will face stern consequences - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

D.A. .says crimes against Hispanics will face stern consequences

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A 25-year old Albany man who ran off during his trial will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Delletorious Stills was sentenced to life without parole after being convicted of 14 crimes in a home invasion robbery.

Stills was free on bond during his trail. Wednesday as the jury deliberated, he took off from the Dougherty County courthouse and cut off his ankle monitor. He was recaptured later that afternoon.

Stills was convicted of violently robbing several Hispanic people at gunpoint on Dunes Avenue in March, 2010. Also this week another Albany man was convicted of robbing another Albany Hispanic family at gunpoint in May. The District Attorney says this week's convictions send a clear message that Albany will not stand for attacks on members of our Hispanic community.

Ricardo Gonzalez and six other members of his family are still terrorized by the home invasion robbery they suffered in May.

Gonzalez said "It affects me a lot with my family, wife and kids. My wife still at this point of time can't hardly sleep."

It turned out his next door neighbor, 30 year old Rockney Puckerin, was one of the robbers. This week a jury deliberated less than ten minutes before returning a guilty verdict of armed robbery and aggravated assault against Puckerin.

 District Attorney Greg Edwards said "I hope that the message that we have accomplished with these verdicts is that you are going to suffer the full weight of prosecution to rob anybody. In particular if you want to rob members of the Hispanic population."

Delletorious Stills was sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole for another robbery of Hispanic people. The D.A. said Hispanics have been targeted for robberies because of urban myths, that Hispanics carry large amounts of cash, and that they will not call law enforcement if robbed. Edwards and Gonzalez said those are not true anymore.

Gonzalez said "They used to, they afraid to face the officer. They think that they not going to listen to them. But I think they know now that the law is on their side."

Edwards said law enforcement will not stand for members of Albany's Hispanic community living in fear, and jurors showed they agreed with swift verdicts.

Edwards said "The citizens that are living her, they are becoming permanent residents. They are part of our community and we are going to give them the full protection of the law."

Gonzalez said he is satisfied that Albany law enforcement is dedicated to protecting him and his family, and hopes the D.A.'s message will prevent further attacks on Hispanic families.

Puckerin has not been sentenced yet.

Copyright 2011 WALB.  All rights reserved.   Feedback

 

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Baker Co. concerned with dirt roads during subtropical storm

    Baker Co. concerned with dirt roads during subtropical storm

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:52 PM EDT2018-05-28 03:52:01 GMT
    Sherry Bailey, Baker County EMA Director said they have been working hard to make sure county dirt roads don't flood over. (Source: WALB)Sherry Bailey, Baker County EMA Director said they have been working hard to make sure county dirt roads don't flood over. (Source: WALB)
    Sherry Bailey, Baker County EMA Director said they have been working hard to make sure county dirt roads don't flood over. (Source: WALB)Sherry Bailey, Baker County EMA Director said they have been working hard to make sure county dirt roads don't flood over. (Source: WALB)

    South Georgia is full of dirt roads and in Baker County officials are concerned with the amounts of expected rainfall.  "Anytime we have a rain event, we are definitely concerned about people in the county being able to travel the dirt roads," said Sherry Bailey, Baker Co. Manager and EMA Director.   

    More >>

    South Georgia is full of dirt roads and in Baker County officials are concerned with the amounts of expected rainfall.  "Anytime we have a rain event, we are definitely concerned about people in the county being able to travel the dirt roads," said Sherry Bailey, Baker Co. Manager and EMA Director.   

    More >>
  • Early County prepared for flash flood watch

    Early County prepared for flash flood watch

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:38 PM EDT2018-05-28 03:38:44 GMT
    Commissioner Jeffery Haynes said Early County is ready to respond in case weather get's worst. (Source: WALB)Commissioner Jeffery Haynes said Early County is ready to respond in case weather get's worst. (Source: WALB)
    Commissioner Jeffery Haynes said Early County is ready to respond in case weather get's worst. (Source: WALB)Commissioner Jeffery Haynes said Early County is ready to respond in case weather get's worst. (Source: WALB)

    County leaders Early County are keeping an eye on the flood watch...preparing for the worst.  The county's EMA Director has been watching the weather closely since Thursday in preparation for the storm.  

    More >>

    County leaders Early County are keeping an eye on the flood watch...preparing for the worst.  The county's EMA Director has been watching the weather closely since Thursday in preparation for the storm.  

    More >>
  • Bainbridge resident walks dog in shorts and isn't worried about Alberto

    Bainbridge resident walks dog in shorts and isn't worried about Alberto

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:38 PM EDT2018-05-28 03:38:29 GMT
    Joe Livingston and his dog, Peaches, walks down the street in shorts during potential severe weather. (Source: WALB)Joe Livingston and his dog, Peaches, walks down the street in shorts during potential severe weather. (Source: WALB)

    Steady rain has been falling in Decatur County, as well as the rest of Georgia, that could lead to potential flooding.  But some residents aren't worried about Alberto.  Joe Livingston of Bainbridge was seen walking his dog, Peaches, in shorts.  

    More >>

    Steady rain has been falling in Decatur County, as well as the rest of Georgia, that could lead to potential flooding.  But some residents aren't worried about Alberto.  Joe Livingston of Bainbridge was seen walking his dog, Peaches, in shorts.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly