The last of four young people who took part in a deadly attempted robbery was sentenced to prison Monday, Feb. 28.
Ebonee Jones, 22, who gave a ride to a friend convicted in January of murder, was sentenced to eight years in prison followed by seven years on probation for criminal attempt to commit armed robbery.
Jones, according to the evidence and statements presented in court, was the least involved defendant in the Jan. 12, 2020, fatal shooting of 21-year-old Dei’Vante McFadden.
Jones said at a January hearing in Richmond County Superior Court that she was hanging out that night with Carlos Mack and Rian Stone when then 14-year-old Janiah Sullivan sent Stone Facebook messages. The guy she was with had a nice watch. It would be an easy robbery, Jones quoted her. Stone drove his car and Jones drove Mack in her car to Winston Way where Sullivan was with McFadden and another woman in his vehicle.
Stone and Mack approached McFadden’s driver’s side window. Stone shot McFadden when he tried to drive away, according to witnesses who testified last month against Stone and Mack.
Stone and Mack were both convicted of murder. Stone, with pending armed robbery and aggravated assault charges in another county and 16 juvenile court proceedings in his history, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Mack was sentenced to life in prison with parole possible after 30 years.
Sullivan, who pleaded guilty to criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by 15 years on probation. She was transferred from a juvenile detention facility after she turned 17 last month.