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Sentencing for man charged with murder postponed

Posted: December 4, 2012 - 5:45pm  |  Updated: December 4, 2012 - 5:49pm
Johndrick Lors Levert Barnes, 21, of Augusta, is charged with murder in the March 19, 2011, shooting of James Sterling Gillette Jr., 19, at the Belair Conference Center.  Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Johndrick Lors Levert Barnes, 21, of Augusta, is charged with murder in the March 19, 2011, shooting of James Sterling Gillette Jr., 19, at the Belair Conference Center.

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A man scheduled to be sentenced for murder on Wednesday will have to wait longer for closure on his case.

Johndrick Lors Levert Barnes, 21, of Augusta, was scheduled to pled guilty and be sentenced Wednesday in connection to the March 19, 2011, fatal shooting of James Sterling Gillette Jr., 19. The hearing has been postponed, but not yet rescheduled, according to Assistant District Attorney Rex Myers.

Myers said Tuesday that attorneys need more time to work out details of a possible plea agreement.

Barnes is charged with murder.

Gillette was working at the Belair Conference Center at a crowded 16th birthday party for one of James Brown’s grandchildren when the shooting occurred. A fight broke out, so people were directed outside. When shots were fired outside, Gillette was trying to corral people back inside when he was shot.

Five people, including a 16-year-old, were charged with making false statements. Deandre Tyrell Jones pled guilty in October 2011 and the juvenile pled guilty in Juvenile Court in July 2011.

The cases against Brandon Devon Berry, Morreio Demetrius Carswell and Jordan Dashawn Harrison are still pending, Assistant District Attorney Natalie Paine said.

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