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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

September 8, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany man is sentenced to life in prison for shooting a man during a robbery, and Prosecutors say they hope this verdict sends a message to the Hispanic community that they will be honored and protected.

Twenty-year-old Jarvis Yarn plead guilty to murder, armed robbery, and three counts of aggravated assault Monday morning. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Prosecutors say Yarn gunned down 28-year-old Manual Montanes March 7th at the Westwind Apartments during an armed robbery. Montanes was a native of Mexico, in Albany legally working in the construction trade.

"We've had an increase in crimes of violence against the Hispanic community," said Dougherty Asst. D.A. Chris Cohilas. "And I think it's good that we'll be able to show the hispanic community that they are a part of the community and we care about these cases."

Three teenage girls have already plead guilty to conspiracy charges, that they helped set up Montanes and several other men to be robbed. Yarn could be eligible for parole after 30 years.

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