It Ain't Cool, you are simply mistaken all across the board. This was not a verdict, it was a guilty plea. There was no offer form the state for 2 years, 5 years or 10 years, there was no "new" DA as Fulton County has had the same District Attorney for many, many years, and Warren Ullom DID call 911. The two Assistant District Attoneys simulteneously assigned to the case at different times each said they would go to Mr. Howard with a 10 year offer, which Mr. Howard declined to accept. Since felony murder carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 serve-every-day-years, Warren accepted the 20 year deal with the possibility of parole. By accepting this offer, his camp lost the ability to dispute the state's version of what happened that night, their time line of events and other facts. But one sticking point in the plea negotiation was that Mr. Ullom insisted that they drop the theft charge or he would go to trial and risk the 30 years, WHICH THEY DID. Mr. Ullom's name does not appear on the pawn ticket, and having worked in a pawn shop he would have never been anywhere near such an endeavor had he known the earrings in question belonged to the deceased. I'm not suggesting Warren used any kind of good judgement here, but that does not give you license to make stuff up and be the first to post a total BS comment after a "news" story.
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