Four take pleas in 2012 shooting death

By Kathy Jefcoats


JONESBORO — Four people entered pleas Monday for their roles in the shooting death of a man last April, said prosecutors.

Clayton County Executive Assistant District Attorney Jason Green said the four were sentenced in the death of Omar Jerrod Brown.

Brown, 28, was shot April 5, 2012, at a Morrow apartment complex. Police said the four had conspired to rob Brown.

Green said David Christopher Spratling, 19, of Rex was sentenced to 25 years to serve in prison; Demarkus Devon King, 20, of Morrow was sentenced to 25 years to serve in prison and Laferriyona Nokia Mathis, 19, of Riverdale was sentenced to seven years, to serve two in prison.

Shakira Dache Hughes was sentenced to seven years but will serve time in a probation detention center. Hughes was allowed to enter her plea under the First Offender Act.

The botched armed robbery happened at Marquis at Mt. Zion Apartments. Police said Mathis provided Brown with an access card, which he used to gain entry into the gated community.