On Friday, April 22, 2022 a Spalding County jury convicted Joshua Fuller, a 30-year-old male from Riverdale, Georgia and Sonya Fuller, a 45-year-old female from Riverdale, Georgia of multiple charges after a week of trial.
The jury convicted Joshua Fuller of Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Joshua Fuller had a prior conviction for Aggravated Assault for shooting into a house. The Honorable W. Fletcher Sams sentenced Joshua Fuller to Life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The jury also convicted Sonya Fuller, Joshua Fuller’s mother, of Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Hindering the Apprehension of a Criminal. Sonya Fuller had several prior felony convictions. The Honorable W. Fletcher Sams sentenced Sonya Fuller to Life in prison without the possibility of parole.
On August 31, 2020, Sonya Fuller called her son, Joshua Fuller, to her hotel room at the Quality Inn and Suites in Griffin. Anthony Red, a 52-year-old man from Griffin, GA, was inside Sonya Fuller’s hotel room. In the room, Joshua Fuller pointed a gun at Anthony, shooting and killing him. Sonya Fuller was charged and convicted as a party to Joshua Fuller’s crimes. After the murder, the two, along with others, hid evidence and lied to police.
Chief Assistant District Attorney David Studdard and Assistant District Attorney Adelle Petersen tried the case for the State. “this jury’s verdict sends a message to those that would commit these types of crimes in our community that this kind of lawlessness will not be tolerated”, said Studdard. District Attorney Broder echoed those statements and added “we will continue to work with our partners in law enforcement to aggressively pursue those that perpetrate such lawlessness here.”