May 21, 2018 -- Fayette County
Three defendants were sentenced to Life without the Possibility of Parole for a Murder and Home Invasion occurring at a home in Lake Horton Landing on June 23, 2017. Travione Reynolds, 21, Kavion Tookes, 22, and Jeffrey Wallace, 23, all from Atlanta, entered non-negotiated guilty pleas this morning to an indictment charging them with multiple counts including: Malice Murder, Felony Murder, Home Invasion, Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Kidnapping, Firearm Charges, Burglary, and Theft by Taking. Tookes and Wallace also pled guilty to Fleeing and Attempting to Elude Police Officers. Tookes pled to an additional charge of Attempted Removal of a Weapon from a Public Official. These three defendants will spend the rest of their lives in prison.
District Attorney Ben Coker, Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Warren Sellers, and Assistant District Attorney Dan Hiatt represented the State. The surviving victim and members of the deceased victim’s family gave victim impact statements to the Court.
Deputy Chief Assistant Sellers said of the pleas: “through very determined and excellent work on the part of law enforcement, the three defendants responsible for this murder were apprehended. Their work coupled with the courage and cooperation on the part of the victim’s family enabled the case to be successfully prosecuted. At the sentencing hearing the victim’s wife described the night her husband was killed in their home as a ‘nightmare’ and testified that ‘images’ of the attack ‘continue to play in her mind.’”
District Attorney Coker stated: “I am proud of my office, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, the surviving victim, and family members for standing up against evil during the investigation of this case. Today, good prevailed over evil in the courtroom. A person’s home should be their castle, and everyone should feel safe in his or her home. This case was a nightmare for the victims, and it represents the nightmare of each and every citizen in this Circuit. These three defendants showed no mercy on the victims on June 23, 2017, when they violently entered their home, committing murder and stealing property. My office, along with law enforcement, will not tolerate such a callous disregard for human life. Let this sentence be a statement. As a team, law enforcement, my office, and the citizens of this Circuit will not stand silent and tolerate such crimes. We will continue to fight as a team for justice to be handed down in the form of the harshest sentences available in order to keep the citizens of Fayette County safe.”