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Man pleads guilty, will serve 20 years in prison for West Avenue slaying
Rodnie Maurice Stokes

A Gwinnett County man originally charged with murder pleaded guilty Wednesday to voluntary manslaughter and other charges, leading to a 20-year prison sentence.

Rodnie Maurice Stokes, 28, also known as Rebel, was sentenced Wednesday under a non-negotiated plea for a total 40-year sentence, including probation, in connection to 41-year-old Cedric Antonio Huff’s death.

Huff was shot June 5 on West Avenue and died from his injuries June 23 in the hospital, according to Gainesville Police.

Police previously told The Times that the incident was drug-related.

Huff’s apartment contained 3.5 pounds of marijuana, along with scales and bags, according to Gainesville Police.

Stokes also pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery, dropped from armed robbery. That count led to 15 years on probation.

Stokes also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison concurrent with the voluntary manslaughter count for attempting to purchase marijuana; the indictment alleged he sought to buy half a pound.

Pleading guilty to possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a gun by a convicted felon led to five years on probation each.

Stokes’ case was severed from his co-defendant Leshan Tanner, 42, of Gainesville, who is set to begin trial on Monday in Superior Court Judge Andrew Fuller’s courtroom.

Tanner is charged with felony murder, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and attempt to purchase marijuana.

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