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Gainesville man given 25-year prison sentence in voluntary manslaughter plea

A Gainesville man reached a negotiated plea in a July 2016 beating death of a Griffin woman.

Andrew Hollingsworth was given a 25-year prison sentence for voluntary manslaughter and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, with another 15 years of probation to be served after release. 

Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin accepted the plea Oct. 10.

According to the accusation, Hollingsworth was charged with causing the death of Randi Byrom, 33, “as the result of a sudden, violent and irresistible passion, resulting from serious provocation sufficient to excite such passion in a reasonable person.”

Hollingsworth was previously charged with malice murder in a March indictment. 

Hollingsworth’s attorney Brett Willis declined to comment.

"We in the (District Attorney's) office hope that the victim's family has found some measure of comfort in the appropriate closure of this case without a trial," Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh said in a statement.

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