Final Two Defendants Plead in Stephens Co. Home Invasion Case

June 14, 2013
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By Charlie Bauder, WNEG Radio, Toccoa

 

The final two defendants in a Stephens County home invasion that resulted in the death of one of the alleged intruders have entered pleas.

20-year-old Qym Dashun Johnson of Canon and 16-year-old Daniel Lee Holmes of an unknown address entered the pleas in Stephens County Superior Court earlier this week.

Johnson entered an Alford plea to charges of voluntary manslaughter, armed robbery, burglary in the first degree, and aggravated assault.

Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt, but acknowledges that enough evidence may exist for a conviction.

Meanwhile, Holmes, who was charged as an adult, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and burglary in the first degree.

Under the pleas, Johnson will spend 22 years in prison followed by 18 years probation.  Holmes received 10 years probation and will also serve 400 hours of community service.

Johnson and Holmes, along with four others, all faced felony murder and other related charges in connection to the death of 34-year-old Demetrius Faust of Oglethorpe County, Georgia during an alleged home invasion last September in Martin.

Authorities allege that a number of armed individuals forced their way into a Waters Edge Drive residence in a robbery attempt and during the incident, one of the home’s occupants retrieved a firearm and shot and killed Faust in self-defense.

The four other defendants in the case entered pleas last month.

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