A Conley man, who police say shot three people on Thanksgiving Day 2007 killing two pleaded guilty to two counts of malice murder on Monday in Clayton County Superior Court.
Alpha Timbo, 23, was sentenced to two life sentences to be served concurrently, according to Clayton County Assistant District Attorney Bill Dixon.
Timbo's trial in the shootings was scheduled this week, and attorneys were in the process of picking a jury Monday when Timbo entered his plea, Dixon said.
Timbo was accused of shooting 19-year-old Darrious Adams in the back of the head and killing him, during a drug transaction at the Hidden Creek apartments in Morrow, early on the morning of Nov. 22, 2007.
Timbo allegedly then used a silver-colored, .22-caliber revolver to shoot 20-year-old Kimberly Szilagyi in the head while she lay sleeping in a back bedroom. Police alleged that Timbo then shot a third person in the head, 17-year-old Jasmine Brown, after forcing her from her hiding place in the bathroom and into the living room.
Szilagyi died several days later at an Atlanta hospital.
Brown was only slightly wounded, police said at the time, and positively identified Timbo as the shooter and told police about the events leading up to the incident.
According to warrant applications filled out by police Capt. Richard Gandee, Timbo met Adams and Brown at a nearby gas station on Nov. 21. He followed them back to the apartment and bought $4 worth of marijuana. He then, Gandee said, returned after smoking the marijuana and traded the .22 for some pills.
According to detectives' information, Timbo returned a third time, paying $40 to get the gun back and also buying more illegal drugs.
On a fourth visit, at about 4:40 a.m., on Nov. 22, Timbo was "fidgeting" with the gun, according to a witness a friend of Timbo's. Brown told police she went to get a cigarette and walked back into the living room to find Adams sitting on a stool and Timbo holding the revolver to the back of the 19-year-old's head.
Dixon said Timbo could be eligible for parole in about 30 years.
He faced a 10-count indictment in the case, Dixon said, and could've gotten "a lot more time," if convicted on all of the charges.