Bainbridge man sentenced for deadly shooting

Updated: Aug. 17, 2017 at 7:59 AM EDT
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DECATUR CO., GA (WALB) - A Bainbridge man charged in a deadly shooting is headed to prison.

Judge Heather Lanier sentenced Caliah Burns to 25 years in prison.

He pleaded guilty Tuesday to voluntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Burns shot and killed Recardo James during a fight in Bainbridge in March of 2015.

Glenda James, the mother of the victim, testified in allocution.  She asked the Court to sentence the defendant to the maximum sentence, which would be 25 years.  The Court, after hearing from James, did exactly that.

The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Joe Mulholland.

"This was a senseless and tragic incident that left two young children without a father.  I would like to thank Investigator Robert Humphrey for his hard work and diligence, bringing this killer to justice," said the D. A.

"I also thank Superior Court Judge Heather Lanier for seeing how important it was for Burns to receive the maximum sentence so that the James family can have some semblance of closure in this matter. Our office will continue to aggressively prosecute those that commit violent crimes in our circuit in an effort to keep our community safe," said Mullholland.

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