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Monday, March 14, 2011

UPDATE: Jonathan Redding sentenced to life plus 70 years

Jonathan Redding in court last week. Redding was found guilty today.
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  • Jonathan Redding in court last week. Redding was found guilty today.

UPDATE: After hearing tearful pleas for stringency from the parents of slain Standard Food and Spirits bartender John Henderson, and a plea for mercy from the mother of the man convicted of Henderson's murder, Fulton Superior Court Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams sentenced 19-year-old Jonathan Redding to life in prison plus an additional 70 years.

This afternoon, after just two hours of deliberations, a jury decided that Redding was guilty of all of the 18 charges against him stemming from three separate incidents: a Dec. 2008 armed robbery outside the now-defunct Standard, the Jan. 7, 2009 armed robbery during which Henderson was shot, and a home invasion that took place two days later. The crimes of which he's been convicted include several counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, participation in criminal street gang activity, false imprisonment and felony murder.

The man many people believe actually fired the fatal shots the night of Henderson's murder, fellow 30 Deep member Johnquavious Hood, has yet to be indicted for the crime. District Attorney Paul Howard told CL he wants to be "very careful" about indicting Hood, and ensure they have a strong case beforehand. "In a case like this, you want to make sure," Howard said. "It's safe to say we're still investigating [Hood's role]. As with some of the other cases in our community, we're not going to forget about it." Hood, who is currently serving time for other crimes, has been accused of bragging about killing Henderson to friends and fellow gang members.

Redding's family members were inconsolable as Judge Adams read through his sentence charge-by-charge, but Redding remained emotionless as he was escorted out of the court room, shooting a blank stare in the direction of his crying family.

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Jonathan Redding, the now 19-year-old reported gang member charged with, among other things, the 2009 shooting death of Standard Food and Spirits bartender John Henderson, was found guilty today of Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Armed Robbery, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, False Imprisonment, Criminal Damage to Property, Burglary, Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, Criminal Attempt to Commit Armed Robbery and Participation in Criminal Street Gang Activity.

The jury returned their verdict after just two hours of deliberations. Redding will be sentenced at 2 p.m.

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