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Brown pleads guilty three days into trial

AMERICUS — On the third day of his trial for multiple charges including murder and arson, Demarcus Brown of Leslie pled guilty.
Brown, a co-defendant of Rhumennian King, who pled guilty in January, pled guilty late last week to all the charges for which he had been indicted by a Sumter County grand jury, according to Plez Hardin, district attorney for the Southwestern Judicial Circuit. Brown’s non-negotiated plea was made before Chief Judge Rucker Smith. The judge sentenced Brown to two life sentences in prison to be served consecutively, with no parole, plus 50 years.
Hardin said they had gotten far into the case when Brown entered his guilty plea. He said the state had only one remaining witness to call to the stand.
“He got the maximum he can get,” Hardin told the Times-Recorder. “That’s as good as it gets. He entered a guilty plea after three days of evidence.”
Brown pled guilty to two counts of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of first-degree burglary, one count of first-degree arson, and to counts of possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.
He and King were co-defendants in the arson and homicides of Dallas Freeman and his mother Bonnie Freeman McSpadden on Feb. 27, 2015, at their R.W. Jones Road residence in rural Sumter County.

— Beth Alston