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Defendant flees before conviction

Photo by Terry Lewis

Photo by Terry Lewis

ALBANY, Ga. -- A man facing multiple charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault and a gun charge didn't wait for a jury to return a verdict Wednesday morning -- he went on the run.

Delletorius Kentrell Stills' run didn't last. Four hours after he left the courthouse authorities caught up with him at about 2:30 p.m. on the 700 block of West Tift Avenue, a police spokesman said.

The capture was a cooperative effort of the Albany Police Department Gang Unit, Police Special Detail Unit and Georgia Department of Corrections probation officers, said police Cpl. Gary Price.

"He gave himself up at 723 West Tift Ave. without a struggle," Price said. "We had information from a family member that led to his arrest."

A jury retired to deliberate a verdict on Stills' case at about 10:30 a.m. Stills left the Albany-Dougherty Judicial Building with his electronic monitor strapped to his leg after his attorney told him to go to the snack room, Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul said.

"Any person who is on trial but not in custody can come and go as he wants," Sproul said. "He was out on bond and could come and go as he wanted. He would be in our custody after a guilty verdict, not before."

According to police reports, Stills went to a residence on the 300 block of Cotton Avenue and cut his electronic monitor off. An early report said that he changed clothes in his girlfriend's car, which was found with the clothes on Frotscher Street where his girlfriend resides.

Stills' girlfriend was not with him when he was apprehended about 3.5 miles from her residence, Price said. The case remains under investigation.

Dougherty Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Matt Breedon said he might add escape to Stills' crimes, which could add five years to his sentences on the other charges.

"He (Stills) was not sentenced, but the minimum he could get is 10 years without parole. He could also get life with the possibility of parole or life without parole," Breedon said. "He has a felony record of burglary, statutory rape, possession of cocaine and theft by receiving stolen property. Considering it all could give him life. He will be sentenced at a later date."

Stills' latest guilty verdict stemmed from his arrest with three others in the March 20, 2010 armed robbery and aggravated assault of Hispanic residents on the 1000 block of Dunes Avenue.

The three others, Demonte Price, 14 at the time of the crime; Kovarious Price, 16 when charged; and Clifford Parker, 17 at the time, all pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, armed robbery and gang participation, Breedon said. They await sentencing.

"Stills was not charged with gang participation because he was only in it for the money," Breedon said. "The others all wore red, the Bloods' gang colors. They did it as part of being in the gang."

The robbery was part of a conspiracy that the three men and two juveniles concocted to target Hispanic residents, court papers stated.

The Price brothers are juveniles but were charged as adults for the crimes.

A fifth man, Roger Lewis, 24, at the time of the crime, is in Dougherty County Jail awaiting indictment, a jail spokeswoman said.