Supreme Court upholds teen murder conviction | News
The Georgia Supreme Court upheld the murder conviction and the life without parole sentence of 17-year-old Dasjwan Foster.
The case stemmed from an incident on September 22, 2010, when 20-year-old Terrilyn Williams was planning a cookout with her family at the Westminster Apartment off Mercer University Drive in Macon.
Three teens returned to the complex after a fight had broken out earlier.
That's when Foster fired a shot in the air and then fired at a group of people. When the shooting began and people ran for cover, one of Williams' children stepped outside. When Williams went to grab her, she was shot in the neck and died at the scene.
Another woman was shot in the wrist and arm.
Foster appealed his conviction and sentence to the Georgia Supreme Court.
His lawyer argued that the court didn't give enough consideration to his status as a minor, and argued the sentence constituted "cruel and unusual punishment."
The court ruled that although mandatory life sentences are unconstitutional, Georgia law left the sentencing to the discretion of the judge.
District Attorney David Cooke agreed with the decision.
"This young man shot at a group of people for no reason at all and killed one of them and seriously injured another, so in that kind of circumstance where he could have actually killed even more people and just basically showed no regard for human life, the judge in this case felt it was appropriate to give a life without parole sentence and the Supreme Court agreed that his judgment was sound," Cooke said.
Foster has been serving his sentence since 2012. He remains behind bars at the Macon State Prison in Oglethorpe.
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