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18-year-old killer of Brunswick toddler gets life without parole

Special to SEGAZINE

An 18-year-old Brunswick man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole plus 105 years for murdering a 13-month-old baby, wounding the toddler’s mother in a failed robbery and shooting a preacher in another attempted robbery.

Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley imposed a sentence on De’Marquise Elkins 10 years longer than the district attorney asked for and far longer than the life with the possibility of parole plus five years his lawyers requested.

In imposing the sentence Kelley said Elkins had shown a “deliberate attempt to kill by placing a gun against the forehead” of Antonio Santiago and pulling the trigger.

Elkins’ trial had been moved to Cobb County because of heavy publicity in Glynn County. At the end of a two-week trial, the jury there convicted him of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, two counts each of aggravated assault and attempted armed robbery in the March 21 assault on Antonio’s mother, Sherry West, and, 10 days earlier, a pastor on a Brunswick street. The jury also found him guilty of cruelty to children and possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime.

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