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Plea deal riles up victim's family

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West admits killing 21-year-old Demetric Vicks (Source: Family photo) West admits killing 21-year-old Demetric Vicks (Source: Family photo)
Vicks' family was displeased with the plea deal. Vicks' family was displeased with the plea deal.

May 19, 2008

Albany --  The family of a murdered East Albany man is outraged. The man who admitted to shooting him will only serve ten years in prison under a plea agreement.

Twenty-three-year-old Tavarius West reached a deal with prosecutors, pleading to voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault. He was given a twenty year sentence, ten in prison.

The family of 21-year-old Demetric Vicks, the man West admits killing, argued with prosecutors against the plea deal, wanting the murder trial.

"I just felt like it was no justice. It hurts to lose somebody that means so much to you. And for them to give him ten years..." said the Victim's Aunt, Jameka Sapp. 

"As the prosecutors, we do have to evaluate what is going to be in the best interest of justice, and in getting some control of the situation," said Dougherty Chief Assistant D. A. Greg Edwards.

"We have to the be spokesperson for Demetric. He is not here anymore. And if we don't look out for him, nobody else is going to do it. It's like the law is not on our side," said the Victim's Aunt, Sequoyah Vicks.

Prosecutors say conflicting witness statements could have ended in a not guilty verdict if the case had gone to trial.

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