MACON, Ga. (AP) — A Macon man has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in carjacking that led to a fatal shooting.
Justin Terrell Grable, 23, was sentenced Monday and agreed to testify against his co-defendant, Alexandria Renee Scott, who was the alleged shooter, according to a report in The Telegraph of Macon (http://bit.ly/10uvrza ).
Kimberly McKenzie, 38, was driving near the intersection of Camellia Circle and Ignico Drive in Warner Robins on Jan. 26, 2011, when authorities say Grable and Scott, armed with a handgun, forced their way into her car.
Grable drove McKenzie and Scott on Ga. 247 through Houston County into Bibb County, pulling the vehicle into a pecan orchard off Feagin Road.
Scott told investigators that Grable forced her to shoot McKenzie. Grable said he didn't make her do it.
McKenzie was struck by a single shot in her upper right leg. The bullet hit her femoral artery, and she bled to death.
Prosecutors originally planned to seek the death penalty against Grable, but his "diminished mental capacity" would make him ineligible for that punishment, said Burt Baker, Grable's attorney.
"Given all the circumstances and things in my life, this has been the most traumatic," said Betsy McKenzie, the victim's mother, as she addressed the court. "It's needless, senseless."
Betsy McKenzie then asked Bibb County Superior Court Judge Howard Simms if she could address Grable.
"Young man, you have no idea what you took away," she said. "You still have your life. Thank God."
Grable apologized to his family and McKenzie's family when he addressed the court.
"I'm not the person they make me out to be," Grable said to Betsy McKenzie. "Based on the circumstances, they made me take this beef."
"I don't want to hear that," Betsy McKenzie responded.
Simms then ordered Grable to only address him.
"Mr. Grable, none of this had to happen," Simms said.
Information from: The Macon Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com