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Eleby gets life plus 20; jury tampering alleged

Lakievius Eleby was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years Tuesday afternoon and led away in handcuffs from Lamar superior court. *************** ©The Herald Gazette/barnesville.com: This information may not be reprinted, broadcast or distributed electronically in any form or fashion without express consent. For reprint permission, e-mail news@barnesville.com. *************** Eleby was found guilty on all counts against him. After sentencing Eleby, Judge Tommy Wilson said there had been reports of possible jury tampering. He said a family member may have approached a juror. The juror was not named and the family was not identified. The jury had reported to the judge before lunch that it was unanimous on one count and hung up 11-1 on all other counts. It is unknown if the one juror was the one who was allegedly approached inappropriately. Judge Wilson told Eleby he did not believe his account of the events of the night of the murder. “I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do as a judge,” Wilson added. Danavan Bussey Sr., the father of the victim, said, “I wanted the right thing done. That’s all.”

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