CORDELE, GA (WALB) - A Crisp County jury convicts a man of murdering a young mother in her home more than a year ago. Cameron Carter was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, home invasion and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Judge John Pridgen sentenced him to two life sentences plus five years, all to be served consecutively.
It's been an emotional week as the details come out about Ashley Garry's murder. Her friends and family find comfort in knowing Cameron Carter will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.
On September 7th, 2014, Crisp County deputies found Garry dead inside her 10th Street mobile home. Thursday, friends and family see justice. But the days in between have been tough.
"It's been a total wreck. But with prayer I've been getting through it, with my family's support," said her best friend Sherena Redding.
"It's hard, very hard," said friend Tammica Jones.
For Garry's younger sister, this guilty verdict brings closure. "Really means a lot. My mom can be at peace now so it's kind of better for me as well," said sister Charmin Harvey.
The 27-year-old single mother was a Cracker Barrel waitress for years.
Investigators say Cameron Carter broke in Garry's home and shot her inside.
"He's a real sick individual and for him to take her life, it's just sad because I feel like, don't no one deserve it, but she really didn't deserve it," said Redding.
It took investigators with the sheriff's office and the GBI more than five months to gather enough evidence to arrest and charge Carter.
Sheriff Billy Hancock emotionally promised justice to the family in January.. and today, prosecutors finished their case.
"It's a team effort with all of us to join and protect our community. Protect our community from people who have been preying upon women as Cameron Carter has for about 10 years now," said Chief Assistant District Attorney Brad Rigby.
"I do feel better after today. I feel better," said Jones.
Carter has two prior convictions on peeping tom charges, and prosecutors argued for life without parole during sentencing.