ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Allen Robinson, Junior plead guilty last night about 6:30 to brutally stabbing 30-year-old Rashonda Dowell several times in November of 2008.
D. A. Greg Edwards originally sought the death penalty against Robinson, but the victim's family asked that the death penalty be lowered, so Edwards dropped it. Dowell's family made the decision on the death penalty.
The D. A. and the court accepted the guilty pleas to: felony murder, kidnapping with bodily injury, aggravated battery, stalking, and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.
This morning about 9:30, Robinson was sentenced to life in prison, plus 35 years. He will be come eligible for parole in 60 years, when he would be 101 years old. So it's most likely that he will die in prison.
Dowell's family said they are relieved to get justice, while the District Attorney thanked the people who came to her aid.
"There were people that came to her aid and came to testify. And were able to help with the resolution of this case. I just want to commend those persons for being good citizens and doing the right thing," said Greg Edwards, Dougherty D.A.
"Justice has been served for Shonda. We can move forward. Our hearts will never really mend back together," said her aunt, Helen Williams.
Dowell's mother, Mary Tinson, said she and her family have forgiven Robinson, and hope for closure now for the family.
Ironically, Robinson has been held in the Dougherty County jail, where he once worked, since November 2008.