A jury convicted the men accused of shooting and killing 39-year-old contractor Joshua Richey in the parking lot of a Kroger on Ponce de Leon Ave in March 2015.
Fulton County DA Paul Howard said 26-year-old Damarius Thompson was found guilty on the charges of Felony Murder, Murder, Entering Auto, Aggravated Assault and other related charges.
26-year-old Shontavious Chestnut was found guilty of Entering Auto and Criminal Attempt to Enter Automobile.
The March 10, 2015 shooting happened when Richey attempted to stop his truck from being stolen, according to police. Atlanta Police believed Richey was targeted for his work truck and the construction equipment inside it. They said Thompson pulled the trigger while Chestnut was the getaway driver.
“This shooting really shocked the conscientiousness of our City because it occurred during daylight hours in a parking lot of a grocery store frequented by so many of our citizens,” said Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr.
“It saddens me to imagine someone being killed so arbitrarily and in such a senseless manner. We hope this conviction will bring closure to Mr. Richey’s wife, his four children and family,” Howard said.
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