ALBANY, Ga. -- Before the jury could hand down a guilty verdict, a defendant ran from an Albany courtroom. But on Thursday a judge fixed it so he can run no more.
Judge Willie Lockette sentenced 25-year-old Delletorius Stills to life in prison without parole Thursday, Dougherty Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Matt Breedon said. On Wednesday, a jury found Stills guilty on multiple counts of aggravated assault, armed robbery and a gun charge.
Breedon said, "Delletorious Stills will never be released from prison.
It is the maximum sentence for these crimes. There have been a number of armed robberies in Albany recently, and I think that people are tired of being afraid to go shopping or take a walk at evening. This verdict and sentence not only makes sure that this criminal will not commit future crimes, but sends a clear message to others like him that would seek to prey on the hard-working members of our community."
Stills, who although under electronic monitoring was out on bail during his trial, ran from the courthouse when the jury went to deliberate his fate at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Heading to his residence on the 300 block of Cotton Avenue, Stills cut his monitor off. According to police reports, he then shed his courtroom clothes in his girlfriend's car on Frotscher Street.
After less than four hours, Albany Police Gang Unit and Georgia Department of Probation officers tracked Stills to 723 West Tift Ave., where they arrested him without incident.
Stills has a long criminal history, including felonies such as burglary, statutory rape, possession of cocaine and theft by receiving stolen property. His life sentence resulted from an arrest with three others for the March 20, 2010 armed robbery and aggravated assault of Hispanic residents on the 1000 block of Dunes Avenue.
The others involved in the crime -- brothers 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.
Breedon added that a fifth man involved, Roger Lewis, 24 at the time, is in the Dougherty County Jail awaiting trial.