By: Kara Duffy
February 18, 2013
Thomas County, GA - A judge has sentenced 19-year-old Xavier Jones to life plus 25 years for the 2010 shooting death of 15-year-old, Christopher Crumbry, Jr.
It took a Thomas County jury a little more than an hour Thursday to find Jones guilty of felony murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
At a sentencing hearing Monday morning, Crumbry's uncle, Tyrone White, addressed Jones and the courtroom. He said he hopes Jones finds Jesus Christ, so that he can be forgiven. He also asked the judge to give Jones the maximum sentence.
Crumbry's mother and aunt wrote victim impact statements. They both say the horrible tragedy has caused their family emotional and physical pain. They described Crumbry as a loving child, who was crazy about his grandparents, was a great big brother and loved kids.
Crumbry was found shot in the head in a grassy area along Fletcher Street in Thomasville back in July 2010.
Jones's two aunts also addressed the courtroom. They told the Crumbry family that they were so sorry for their loss and that, "Xavier wasn't raised like that." They asked the judge for mercy.
Before learning his fate, Jones apologized to the Crumbry family and told the judge he, "never thought I'd be in some trouble like this."
Updated 5:30 p.m. - August 3, 2010
The murder of a teenage boy has prompted neighbors in the area to spearhead an anti-violence campaign.
One week ago, 15-year-old Chris Crumbry was shot to death in a grassy area on Fletcher Street. Now, "stop the violence" signs have been erected in the area where his body was found.
Neighbors hope their message of peace will help lower crime rates throughout the community... and even save lives.
"Our stop the violence theme is "each one reach one" and as individuals, if we could reach one troubled teen, a youth we'll come together as a group effort. The group effort will turn as a city wide effort to stop the violence," Gwen Mack, Stop the Violence organizer, said.
The community will get together Thursday night at 8:30 to hold a candlelight vigil for Crumbry.
Bond has been denied for the three men accused of murdering Crumbry, they remain behind bars at Thomas County jail.
Updated 3:40pm 7-30
Judge Mark Mitchell has denied bond for 17-year old Xavier Jones, 17-year-old Jaylin Raul and 21-year-old Desmont Lovejoy.
The three suspects are charged with the murder and armed robbery of 15-year-old Chris Crumbry.
Bond was denied around 2pm Friday.
Updated 11:57am 7-29
A teenager is shot and killed in Thomasville and now three people are behind bars charged with his murder.
17-year old Xavier Jones, 17-year-old Jaylin Raul and 21-year-old Desmont Lovejoy have all been charged with murder and armed robbery.
15-year-old Chris Crumbry was found shot to death on Fletcher Street late Tuesday night.
Thomasville Police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation spent most of Wednesday trying to piece together the murder.
The investigation is ongoing and at this point police aren't sure who pulled the trigger. They say more charges are pending. Those who knew the victim say he had no enemies.
If you have any information that could help, call Thomasville Crime Stoppers at 229-227-3305.
To see the photo of the suspects, click on the camera icon at the top of the story.
UPDATED 10:04 p.m. Iram Ali
Authorities say the Crumbry was visiting his father in Thomasville for the summer and he's originally from Orlando, Florida.
UPDATED 5:07 p.m. by Iram Ali
A teenager is shot and killed in Thomasville and his killer is still on the loose.
15-year-old Chris Crumbry was found shot to death in a South Georgia neighborhood late last night. His family tells us Chris didn't have any enemies and they can't believe their son is gone.
"Just real sad. Disappointed. I just can't believe something like this could happen in Thomasville let alone to me and my family. My son."
Christopher Crumbry is kneeling down next to a sign erected in honor of his son...15-year-old Chris Crumbry who was murdered late Tuesday night.
Crumbry's body was found in the grassy area on Fletcher Street and Dowdell Street.
"It felt unreal to me. It felt like this couldn't be happening. Just a bad dream and I was hoping to wake up."
"He was a great guy, a good young man. He went about minding his own business and somebody just came and took his life," Travis Baker, Crumbry's Uncle, said.
Thomasville Police and Georgia Bureau of Investigation spent most of Wednesday trying to piece together the murder... Meanwhile family members mourned a young life lost too
"Everybody is taking it hard. His dad. His uncles. Because he was loved greatly by his family and he's going to be missed greatly," Baker said.
Family members say they're trying to stay strong for each other.. They say Chris left them with a hope and a legacy to stop the violence.
"I feel that everyone could learn something from this situation and know that violence gets you nowhere. It's senseless. It makes no sense. It's just stupid for a child to lose his life behind nothing."
His family members are reaching out to the public to help find the killer, and bring justice to their son's death. Right now authorities are releasing limited information about the murder. As soon as we find out more, it'll be online at WCTV.TV
If you have any information that could help call Thomasville Crime Stoppers at 229-227-3305
A teenager's body is found near the sidewalk of a south
Thomasville Police say, just after 11 Tuesday night (7/27), they found a 15-year-old male, who had been shot, lying between the sidewalk and a grassy area on the 800 block of Fletcher Street.
He was taken to Archbold Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities now say witness tips have identified a possible suspect, but they do not have that suspect in custody.
We'll keep you updated when more information is released.