A Barrow County man has been found not guilty of reckless conduct in connection with the death of 18-year-old Leland Martin Jr. at an after prom party in April 2007.
Anthony Perry, 22, of Auburn, was charged with reckless conduct after an investigation showed that he failed to call 911 after discovering Martin passed out on a sofa.
Martin, a senior at Winder Barrow High School, later died of accidental suffocation caused by positional asphyxia. Autopsy results showed that Martin was “acutely intoxicated” at the time of his death.
Barbara Ann Michaels, Perry’s stepmother and the owner of the home where the after prom party was held, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, maintaining a disorderly house and as a party to the crime of furnishing alcohol to a minor in connection with Martin’s death.
Michaels was sentenced last year to 30 days in jail, four years probation and a $4,000 fine.
Jerry Donta Sanders of Statham was also charged after Martin’s death. Sanders kicked Martin while he was passed out and was charged with simple battery. Sanders was found guilty last May and sentenced to 12 months probation and a $300 fine.
Martin’s parents have announced plans to file a wrongful death suit against Perry and Michaels once the criminal cases are completed.
People are always looking for someone to sue and someone else to blame. Where was this kids parents while their kid was drinking himself to death?
04/05/15 at 09:06 PM
Well I am his mother and I was not aware that my son was at the party and drinking cause if I had known about it he wouldn't have been there and for sure not drinking. Don't be quick to judge the parents. If you have not ever lost a child then keep your judgement to your self. I do know that I will be with my son Leland Martin (Lee) again in heaven.