ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Four of five men charged in the 2017 shooting death of Travion Jones at an Albany nightclub were sentenced Tuesday afternoon.
Dominique Davis was sentenced to life without parole, plus five years.
Below is a breakdown of his charges:
- Felony murder — life without possibility of parole
- Possession of firearm during commission of felony— five years consecutive
- Possession of firearm as a convicted felon — five consecutive to life but concurrent
Davis’ aggravated assault charge was merged with felony murder.
Daquan Moore and James Byrd were sentenced to a total of 20 years each on aggravated assault — 10 in prison and 10 on probation.
Derrick Jenkins was sentenced to 25 years.
Jenkins got 20 years for aggravated assault and five years for possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He will spend 15 years in prison and 10 years on probation.
Samuel Jenkins Jr., who was not present at the sentence hearing, will be sentenced at a later date.
Each defendant spoke out before their sentence.
All, except Davis, were emotional and cried when speaking. Davis laughed, addressed the family and joked about him being alive.
“Judge Lockette, for the young man to walk out who murdered my nephew, to walk out and look at us and wink his eye. He still thinks this is something funny. We cannot understand how he can take a life and then look at his family and think it’s something to laugh about,” said Charvette Walker, Jones’ aunt.
Before his sentencing, things took a turn when Davis addressed Jones’ family. He turned to them saying he is still alive during all of this and stated his charges are false accusations.
Sheriff’s deputies then had to take out some of Jones’ family as Davis continued to say things.
Davis stated he didn’t know why he was at that sentence in the first place.
“This has been the weakest trial in the world. For us to get sentenced on the behalf of these false allegations. I really don’t understand what case we’re in,” said Davis.
Davis stated he and his attorney will be filing a motion for new trial very soon. Davis also winked at a WALB camera while Jones’ family members gave their statements.
Dequan Moore, Derrick Jenkins and James Byrd all sent heartfelt condolences to the family.
Byrd pleaded with the Jones family more than three times, asking for their forgiveness as he said he wouldn’t do this to them.
“I hope one day you realize, JT never had nothing to do with this. I ain’t never had a problem with y’all. You and Mr. Michael, we played every time I seen y’all guys. I never ever had a problem with y’all,” said Byrd.
Darius Wheeler is the only man left to go to trial in this case. Wheeler is still on the run, wanted for murder.
All men were given credit for time served. All that were given probation will each have to pay $4,700 in restitution, plus fines.