Nineteen-year-old Jasmine Lynn arrived at Atlanta's Spelman College, my alma mater, as a smart, dedicated student full of promise. She was a psychology major with a 3. Her friends knew her as "a beautiful, free spirited ball of energy [who] always had a smile on her face. The young man charged with her murder, Devonni Benton, was a year-old student at ITT Technical Institute who allegedly had just gotten into a fight with several Clark Atlanta students and made the terrible decision to get the last word by firing a gun as he left. So an area that should have been a safe haven and sanctuary of learning for the thousands of students attending the historically Black institutions that make up the Atlanta University Center, including Martin Luther King Jr.
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Benton, 21, was sentenced to a life sentence plus 25 years for the random killing along with a weapons possession charge. In Georgia, a person must serve at least 25 years for a first life conviction before being eligible for parole. The jury deliberated five hours Saturday, stopping for an hour lunch before returning the verdict at p. This followed about nine hours of deliberation Friday. Witnesses said Benton fired a gun into a crowd on Clark Atlanta University's campus in the early hours of Sept. Lynn, witnesses said, was shot in the chest as she attempted to break up a fight outside one of the university's dorms. The year-old from Kansas City, Mo.
Notifications can be turned off anytime in the browser settings. A group of students and non-students were fighting when Lynn, an innocent bystander, was hit by a stray bullet. Upon information and belief, CAU has had numerous instances within the recent years were AUC students have been victims of assaults, shootings, armed robbery and other violent crimes on CAU premises. The lawsuit was later resolved, but Franklin could not give additional details on the resolution. So far, they have not responded. Representatives of Spelman and Clark Atlanta also released statements about the recent shootings. Holloman, said in part: "Our hearts go out to the students, their families and loved ones, during this extremely difficult time. The entire Spelman community is here to support them. Lake Allatoona trip turns tragic for Marietta couple's dog. Georgia Southern's Shai Werts didn't have cocaine - it was poop.