Pleas Entered by Four Charged in 2012 Stephens Co. Home Invasion

June 6, 2013

By Charlie Bauder, WNEG Radio, Toccoa

 

Four of the six people indicted in connection to a Stephens County home invasion that resulted in the death of one of the alleged intruders will spend time in prison after pleading guilty.

23-year-old Mack Javares Cunningham of Athens, 22-year-old Robert Luther Neal of Toccoa, 19-year-old Haven Deandra Adams of an unknown address, and 24-year-old Elizabeth Tara Sims of Elberton all entered the guilty pleas last month in Stephens County Superior Court.

Those four 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 Stephens County 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.

Under the terms of the plea agreements, Cunningham pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, armed robbery, burglary in the first degree, and one count of aggravated assault and will serve 15 years in prison with credit for time served, followed by a total of 40 years probation.

Meanwhile, Neal pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, armed robbery, and burglary in the first degree and aggravated assault and will serve 20 years in prison followed by 20 years probation.

Sims pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and burglary in the first degree and will serve 10 years in prison followed by 20 years probation.

Finally, Adams pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery and conspiracy to commit burglary first degree and will serve six years in prison followed by 14 years probation.

Two others, Qym Dashun Johnson of Canon and Daniel Lee Holmes of an unknown address, still face felony murder and other charges in connection to the case.

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