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Five sentenced in Brickhouse murder case

ALBANY, Ga. -- Five convicted murderers were sentenced Friday to life imprisonment for the February 2010 murder of 20-year-old Lashelton Stanford. The shooting took place at Brickhouse Productions, then a recording studio where alcoholic drinks were alleged to have been sold.

Shuntavious Jermain Seay, Shacoby Montrez Seay, Anthony Wayne Hawkins and Covoris Barney all received sentences of life in prison with additional sentences of 20 years to run concurrently.

Because of a gun charge, Shenard Dontravious Smith received a life-in-prison sentence with an additional five-year sentence to run consecutively, said Greg Edwards, Dougherty County district attorney. The sentences were delivered by Dougherty Superior Court Judge Denise Marshall.

According to a February statement by Clerk of Superior Court Evonne Mull, all except Smith had been found guilty of one count each of felony murder and one count of aggravated assault. Smith was found guilty of one count of felony murder, one count of malice murder, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime.

Mull said that Antonio Seay, also a suspect in the case, had pleaded guilty to the charge of aggravated assault and was sentenced to serve three years in prison with an additional 17 years on probation.

According to Edwards, a January trial date is set for six more defendants in the case, four of them charged with homicide.