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Shooter gets life, plus 40 in death of teen

In August 2005, Mundy's Mill High School baseball standout Andrew Gibby made a list of life goals that included scoring 1500 on his SAT, getting his college degree and becoming so successful that even his grandchildren could live a comfortable life.

Little more than a year later, Gibby, 19, was shot dead over the 22-inch wheel rims on his car, leaving that list unfulfilled.

His big brother, Chris Gibby, read the list out loud in Clayton County Superior Court Thursday, as the man convicted in the shooting was sentenced to life, plus 40 years in prison.

"My brother had ambitions and dreams," said Chris Gibby, after the hearing ended. "He had a list of goals, which I found going through his things after he passed away. I had it framed, it is very special to me."

Dominic Trent Stacey, 22, had nothing to say to the Gibby family as they gathered with friends inside the courtroom to see the case come to a close. He was 17 when he shot Andrew Gibby to death behind the Lovejoy Publix, so he could steal the 22-inch wheel rims from Gibby's 1989 Olds Cutlass Supreme.

Stacey and co-defendant, Joseph Jerome Dedeaux, II, 21, had come to Clayton County, from Gulfport, Miss., to escape the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

"This has been a long time coming," said Gibby. "We are very pleased. You know, Andrew's not gonna be here anymore, so I took it on myself to make sure this guy doesn't breathe another breath of fresh air. It was bittersweet, though."

Dedeaux pleaded guilty last month to his role in the shooting and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Dedeaux testified that Stacey planned the crime and pulled the trigger.

Gibby's passenger, Daniel Thomas Smith, then 18, was also shot, but survived. He was also at Thursday's sentencing.

Chris Gibby said being in the same room with the man who killed his younger brother was "surreal."

"I just got a rush over my body, it was just numbing," he said. "It was the numbest feeling I've ever had."

Andrew Todd Gibby was the third of four children. He graduated from Mundy's Mill High School, where he was a popular student and captain of the baseball team. Charismatic, he seemed to draw people to him, said Chris Gibby.

"He was the golden child," said Gibby. "He was the man, very good-looking kid, great pitcher. He was very friendly, never talked bad about anyone, was well-respected, a good student. He had a smile that would light up the room."

Gibby thinks his brother's baseball coach had him write up the list of goals, dated Aug. 8, 2005.

"He had his whole life planned," said Gibby. "He says on the list that he wanted to learn a lot and to be able to tell someone what he'd learned. He wanted to pass his class, to turn in his assignments on time."

The Gibby family's loss is also the community's loss, he said.

"These are some of the things they took from him," said Gibby. "To say the good die young –– is the real truth."