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Convicted killer gets life plus 115 years

A Clayton County Superior Court judge gave an Ellenwood man the maximum sentence for shooting to death a young mother during a 2009 home invasion.

Chief Judge Deborah Benefield sentenced Eric Tramaine Heard, 35, Friday to two life sentences plus 115 years, to be served consecutively. A jury convicted Heard earlier this month in the July 29, 2009, shooting death of Shereeka Pitts, 22. The jury found him guilty of most of the 32 counts against him.

Heard spoke during the sentencing hearing and blamed his defense attorney for the conviction.

Clayton County Executive Assistant District Attorney Jason Green said he was pleased with the outcome.

"It was a good sentence," said Green. "It was the maximum he could have gotten and we're happy about it."

The jury believed Heard burst into Pitts' College Park home on July 29, 2009, and shot her in the stomach. Pitts shared the home with her two small children and her sister, Lachauda Pitts, who helped with baby-sitting. No one else was hurt.

Lachauda Pitts testified during the trial that Heard and another man broke into the house and demanded money. Pitts said she and her sister headed to the garage to get away from the men but Heard stopped her.

"I heard Eric say, 'If you move, I'll blow your (expletive deleted) head off," she said from the stand.

Lachauda Pitts also testified that the two men kept demanding money but she had no idea there was money inside the house.

"He pushed her into the closet and shot her," she said. "He kept saying, 'Find the money,' but he didn't give her a chance or nothing. He just shot her."

Green said all charges against co-defendant Shakeel Jamaal Frazier have been dropped.