Special to SEGAZINE
Jurors found Dayquan Marquez Mangram, 18, guilty on all six counts — including malice murder and felony murder — at the end of a five-day trial in Brantley County Superior Court Friday at about 4:30 p.m. while Rena Lang, 33, was found guilty on three counts and jurors were unable to reach a verdict in two counts.
The jury took two days to reach the verdicts, deliberating until 11 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.
Brantley County Superior Court Judge Dwayne Gillis sentenced Mangram to two life sentences on malice murder and felony murder convictions, as well as 12 months to serve for possession of a handgun by a minor, 20 years to serve for aggravated assault, five years to serve consecutively for possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime conviction, and 10 years to serve for concealing the death of another.
The felony murder sentence was merged with the aggravated assault sentence and the malice murder was merged with the felony murder sentence.
Mangram was shackled by Brantley County Sheriff’s Office deputies after he created an outburst following the reading of the verdicts, shouting something unintelligible. He calmed down only when his attorney told him his case would be appealed.
Defendant Rena Lang received a sentence of 20 years for aggravated assault, five years for possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime to serve consecutive to the previous conviction, and 10 years for concealing the death of another, to serve consecutively as well.
Jurors reached an impasse in the malice murder and felony murder charges against Lang forcing the judge to declare a mistrial on those charges, which may be brought back at a later time.
Assistant District Attorney George Barnhill said after the hearing was adjourned that he was happy with the verdicts and sentences, pointing out that Lang had been tried for felony murder before and had been found guilty of more than one felony drug possession charges in the past few years.
Lang pled tearfully for mercy from the judge, saying she had children and a grandchild on the way.