A man who set fire to a Hoschton home after killing four of the residents has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Henry Lee Stringer, 37, of Auburn, was arrested in 2007 for the slayings of his girlfriend, two of his children and his girlfriend’s mother.
On May 30, 2006, the bodies of Evelyn Strickland, 67; her daughter, J’Laine Strickland, 29; and J’Laine’s children by Stringer, four-year-old J’Majiuan “Maji” Tysheim Stringer and two-year-old J’Lasia Asiyne Stringer were discovered by firefighters after a passerby reported that the Strickland's Highway 332 home was on fire.
Authorities later determined Stringer had set the fire to conceal the murders. He was subsequently charged with a total of 16 counts of murder and arson.
Stringer, who was facing the death penalty, pled not guilty in March 2008. In December, Stringer appeared in court as a judge ruled on some of the 130 pretrial motions which had been filed in the case. Jackson County Superior Court Judge Joseph Booth ruled in the prosecution’s favor on several key issues during the proceedings.
Last Thursday, Stringer changed his plea to guilty in order to avoid execution in the event of a guilty verdict.
Stringer’s attorneys reportedly proposed the plea deal to District Attorney Brad Smith early last week.
So four people are killed and a plea deal is made! Stringer wanted to avoid the death penalty and save his own ass, but no deal was offered to his victim's. Stringer was judge, jury, and executioner. Just once I would of liked to see the DA NOT take a plea deal! I think that the victim's deserved at least a full trial
I think that the tax payers of this judicial circuit and glad to be spared the expense of a death penalty trial. Death Penalty cases are extremely expensive. The DA was right to get a plea to LIFE WITH NO PAROLE.
The chances of an inmate failing to get the death after a guilty verdict at trail are actually quite good. A guilty verdict would not have automatically gotten this idiot the death penalty. Juries far more often than not opt for life without parole.
At least with a plea deal, the accused had to stand before a judge and admit in open court that he killed those folks and actually committed the crimes he is accused of. With a trail he can remain silent and maintaine his innocence all the way to jail.
I'm a Jackson County taxpayer and I'd gladly pay for his trial, appeal and execution. This scumbag deserves death, too bad the DA didn't tell the voters that he is not in favor of the death penalty. They might not have put him in office. If the DA isn't going to go after the death penalty for his monster, who is he going to go after.
02/17/10 at 04:31 PM
Well I'm a jackson county taxpayer too, and the cost of a death penalty case is not worth it, they must have two private attornys who are qualified to defend death penalty cases, plus expert witnesses, and even if you do convict, it only takes 1 juror to take the death sentance off the table, unless Georgia changes it death penalty law to where a judge can decide or only takes a certain number of jurors it's not worth the cost. also child killers are not well excepted in prison, there's a better chance if you just put him in general population at a maxium prison that another inmate will kill him for fun and it will only cost the tax payers the cost to bury him. A D.A. will look worse if he spent a million to convict only to have a jury give him life, then we'd get stuck with the bill. write you state representative to change the law, wait they're to busy with having affairs with lobbists, taking bribes, demanding tax cuts for the rich when the state is broke, trying to cut teacher pay, who don't make much to begin with,oh yeah and cutting funds for the lawyers that are required by their state law for death penalty cases, and at the same time proclaiming their support of the death penalty. Face it the whole system is a gaint joke.
Well Jackson County Taxpayer, Brad Smith is very much for the death penalty. It was sought in this case and the threat of a possible death sentance caused the "scumbag" to plead guilty. Like the previous poster said, death penaltys are NOT sure things. Its really two trials in one. Assuming you get a conviction, there will be another trail to determine the sentence. All billed to the taxpayers. All it takes is one juror to buy into the defense's crap to get the convicted "scumbag" life without parole instead of a death sentence. If the DA can get all capitol cases to plead to life without parole, then he's doing a great job. He's getting justice and saving taxpayer money at the same time.
At least with this plea the killer had to stand up in court and admit what he had done. That all but eliminates the cost of future appeals. In this case the DA did an excellent job.
And don't forget, with a trial, there is ALWAYS the chance that the accused will get aquitted, no matter how guilt everyone thinks they are. Just ask OJ...