JONESBORO — A Clayton County Superior Court judge sentenced a man to 15 years behind bars for burglary.
Wednesday, a jury found Quentize Favors guilty of burglary, possession of a firearm during a commission of a crime and obstruction of an officer.
“You have a right to appeal judgment in this case,” said Clayton County Superior Court Judge Deborah Benefield.
A 10-year-old girl told the jury she left home to go to the store and on her way home she saw men breaking into her home.
“She called the police and then her mother,” said Clayton County Assistant District Attorney Charles Brooks. He prosecuted the burglary case and told the court the young girl was brave to enter the courtroom and identify Favors.
The incident took place March 29, around 5:30 p.m., at a Hidden Lake Drive home in Rex.
Favors, 33, was one of three men allegedly involved in breaking into the house, according to Clayton County police. His alleged accomplice Quincy Northern, 20, and Kevin Perry Jr., were also apprehended.
Clayton County Police caught the three suspects in the neighborhood as they were leaving the scene. Police chased the suspects, who lost control of the car and wrecked the car on the curb. All three men jumped out of the car and police pursued them on foot.
Favors and Northern were apprehended during the foot chase but Perry got away. However, he was arrested in September.
According to the warrantless arrest probable cause affidavit, the suspects “kicked the front door of the incident location open.”
Clayton County Police officer J. Conwell said as he chased Favors he saw a gun on the ground “in the same path that the offender had ran.” Police said they also located a second gun on the floor between the driver’s seat and the driver’s door of the getaway car, which was a white Chevrolet Impala.
Ifuero A. Obaseki, an assistant Clayton County public defender, asked Benefield to consider a lesser sentence for his client.
“Quite frankly, it is hard to tell what Mr. Favors’ part is in all of this,” Obaseki said. “We would ask the court not to go with the state’s recommendation of 15 years. We are asking the court to consider no more than five years to serve.”
Favors told the judge he was at the scene of the crime but he was not guilty of burglary.
“I had nothing to do with the burglary,” Favors said. “I did run. I didn’t know what was going on at the time. I was in the passenger seat but I did not get out the car. I stayed in the car. I know I was supposed to say something then but I didn’t say anything, because I thought the evidence would prove I didn’t do it.”
“That is why I asked for fingerprint analysis,” Favors continued. “I didn’t know these people were doing this burglary. I fell asleep in the car. I didn’t wake up until the car hit the curb. This situation has been like a bad nightmare.
Favors told the judge he had heard of her reputation.
“I have heard of you,” he said. “I understand that you don’t play.”
He also told Benefield he has two daughters.
“I just don’t want to go through life dealing with something I didn’t do,” Favors said. “The people who were in the car are not telling the truth. Now, I’m on trial but I ask you to look at the situation. I don’t do burglaries.”
The superior court judge clarified her position in the matter.
“I just want to make it clear that I will consider all of the evidence in this case,” Benefield said, before announcing the 15-year sentence.
“It’s a bittersweet win,” said Brooks. “There really are no winners, because as was brought out in the sentencing, he has a 2-year-old child, who will not have a father for a significant amount of time. But, on the flip side of the same coin, you have a 10-year-old, who will probably remember the incident for the rest of her life. She left out of the courtroom crying because she thought no one would believe her. Thank God it was only a burglary.”