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June 20, 2013

Adams gets 12 years in killing

MOULTRIE — A Doerun man who pleaded guilty in April to running a man down with a minivan in 2012 was sentenced on Thursday to serve 12 years in prison.

Superior Court Judge Harry J. Altman II also sentenced Craig Lee Adams Sr., 53, to serve eight years on probation upon completion of the prison sentence.

Adams pleaded guilty on April 24 to voluntary manslaughter. He was allowed to enter that plea on a count of malice murder, the most serious of the charges he faced in the death of Doerun resident Robert Aldridge.

One of Aldridge’s family members addressed the court prior to sentencing as did Adams.

“I think it was a good outcome,” Assistant District Attorney Brian McDaniel said Thursday. “He took responsibility.”

Adams was indicted earlier this year on charges of malice murder, felony murder, driving under the influence and driving while license is suspended.

Adams admitted running down Aldridge, 45, with a minivan on May 10, 2012, on West Robinson Avenue, near Adams’ 606 W. Robinson Ave. residence. Investigators said he drove the Honda Odyssey off the roadway to strike Aldridge, who was on the side of the road.

Officials said the two had gotten into a confrontation prior to Aldridge’s slaying. Witnesses told law enforcement that the men had argued on the night of May 9 and again on May 10 before the fatal incident at 4:08 p.m.

Adams’ van was found near his residence, about 100 yards away from where Aldridge was struck, and had extensive damage to the front end.

A sheriff’s investigator said that after the collision Adams walked a few blocks to Doerun City Hall, where he turned himself in without incident.

The case was investigated by the Georgia State Patrol, which filed the traffic charges, and the sheriff’s office.

Adams has been held at Colquitt County Jail since his arrest the day of the slaying.


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