The night of Jan. 17, three young males and two minor females allegedly robbed a 17-year-old male using the lure of romance over Facebook. All five suspects are now scheduled for trial in September.
According to initial police reports and indictments handed down by a Glynn County grand jury, one of the girls involved talked with the victim on Facebook and picked him up late the evening of Jan. 17 under the auspices of going on their first date.
Police said the vehicle involved — a Dodge Durango — was stolen. From there, the other defendants in the vehicle allegedly choked him from behind and robbed him at gunpoint of his mobile phone, a necklace and a belt.
All three male suspects — Tyrone Joe Daniels, 18; Aaron Jermaine Holland, 18; and Torrence Tymere Starke, 18 — face three counts of possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Starke also has an additional charge of possession of a firearm by a first-offender probationer.
The girls in the case — Kiyanna Conaway, 16, and Vernae Washingston, 15 — both face charges of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and theft by receiving.
Pretrial motions are scheduled for Sept. 1 at 9:30 a.m. in front of Glynn County Superior Court Judge Robert Guy. Jury selection is scheduled for Sept. 11 at 9:30 a.m.
Vehicular homicide suspect pleads
Tony Franklin Turner, 49, who pleaded guilty June 5, has yet to receive his sentence until the completion of a pre-sentencing investigation and report, something routine in federal courts but not as common in Superior Court matters.
According to a Georgia State Patrol report from the time, on May 27, 2013, Turner was driving a 2010 Dodge Avenger on Old Jesup Road shortly after 11 p.m. in the Everett City area when the vehicle ran off the north shoulder of the road. The GSP noted no one was wearing a seatbelt in the car at the time of the wreck. Turner was accused of being intoxicated at the time.
His wife, Shelley, died in the crash. There were also three juveniles riding in the car at the time.
Turner pleaded guilty to Counts 1 and 4 of the 2016 indictment — first-degree vehicular homicide and serious injury by vehicle. He originally faced a total of 11 counts — three counts of first-degree vehicular homicide, six counts of serious injury by vehicle and one count each of driving under the influence and DUI, less safe.
Aggravated assault defendant guilty of misdemeanor
A Glynn County grand jury accused James William Masi, 48, of strangling a woman and refusing to let her leave their room Oct. 5, 2016 at the Oleander Motel, by U.S. Highway 17 and the F.J. Torras Causeway. For the incident, he was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment.
The Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office agreed to drop those charges in exchange for Masi pleading to a new charge of disorderly conduct — he had already spent more than half a year in jail. In regard to the plea, Masi received 200 days time-served and 160 days suspended, along with a directive to have no contact with the victim.
Additional details of the sentence were not available as of press time.