A Greene County youth, who was 15-years-old at the time of the murder of Kentrell Jones, has been sentenced to 30 years on a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter.

Demarcus Jermaine Burke, 17, pled guilty last Wednesday before Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Terry Massey. Massey sentenced Burke to 20 years for voluntary manslaughter, reduced from murder. Massey also sentenced Burke to 10 years for armed robbery with the sentences to run consecutively. Two counts of felony murder and a count of aggravated assault were not prosecuted.

Sentencing guidelines dictate that Burke will spend at least 20 years in a state penitentiary before the sentence can be completed on probation.

Burke was arrested along with his brother, Dontarious Lamonta Burke, in the shooting death of Jones. Dontarious Burke has been sentenced to life with the possibility of parole plus 20 years in the murder.

Dontarious Burke was 17 years old when he fired three 9mm shots into Jones while Jones was leaning against a vehicle on Morgan Circle at 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 27, 2019.

During his trial in October, prosecutors presented video surveillance that showed Dontarious Burke walk to within six feet of Jones from behind as Damarcus Burke is talking to Jones. Dontarious Burke then fired the shots that killed Jones, a Morgan County jury ruled on Oct. 20. Dontarious Burke was found guilty of malice murder, two counts felony murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault.

The shooting and death of Jones, 23, netted the Burke brothers $50, investigators said at the time of the arrests.


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