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Timothy Bell sentenced to 20 years in fatal shooting

ALBANY, Ga. — Timothy Bell was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison in the shooting death last year of Melvin Jerome Green, 35, on West Gordon Avenue, officials with the Dougherty District Attorney's Office confirmed.

At a hearing that took place Monday afternoon, Bell entered a guilty plea to voluntary manslaughter in connection to the Oct. 27, 2011 shooting, District Attorney Greg Edwards said.

Bell was sentenced at the hearing and he is to serve prison time for the full length of his sentence, Edwards said.

Bell was indicted in connection to the shooting, along with Shongrevius Devontrez Morgan and Marcus Jermaine Price. The indictment, which was handed down in January, stated that — individually or as partners — Bell and Price shot Green twice about 4:50 p.m. on Oct. 27, 2011, at the Windover Apartments complex.

At the time, Price and Bell were charged with felony and malice murder, while Morgan was charged with hindering apprehension or punishment of a criminal in connection with the murder.

Bell was initially taken into custody when his brother brought him to the Law Enforcement Center less than 43 hours after Green was gunned down.