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Two plead guilty in botched mall burglary

POSTED: May 6, 2009 11:35 p.m.

Two of six defendants in what authorities say was a botched burglary last summer at a local outlet mall entered guilty pleas last week.

"I got in with the wrong crowd," Jermichael Jerod Lockette told Superior Court Judge Jason Deal as he awaited sentencing. "I should have been home taking care of my kids."

Lockette, 20, and Deyancious Maritou Lewis, 18, each admitted his involvement in the June 10 attempted burglary at the Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet.

Both men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary, conspiracy to commit theft by taking, conspiracy to commit criminal damage to property and attempted burglary, among others.

Deal sentenced Lewis to serve three years of a 10-year term. Lockette, who had a prior felony conviction, also received a 10-year sentence, but with five years to serve.

Lockette and Lewis were arrested June 10 after authorities say they backed up a stolen van to the Saks outlet. A security guard noticed the suspicious activity.

Also arrested were James Edward Burson, 48, Abby Marba Holland, 27, Altavious Demon Jackson, 24, and Demarcus Smith, 18, all of the metro Atlanta area.

Burson, Jackson and Smith also were in court Thursday but didn’t enter pleas. Their next court date has not been scheduled.



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