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Man Guilty of Burying Teen Mom Alive is Sentenced to 30 Years

By: Jacqueline Ingles; Eyewitness News Email
By: Jacqueline Ingles; Eyewitness News Email

Man Guiltyof Burying Teen Mom Alive is Sentenced to 30 Years

Valdosta, GA -- October 18, 2011 --

The family of Brittany Wade, a teen murder victim who was found buried in a shallow grave in late July of 2009, finally feel they have closure.

Jonathan Barrett, 21, was sentenced to 30 years for murder, 10 of which will be on probation.

He's convicted of killing 17-year-old Brittany Wade in July 2009.

She was his ex-girlfriend at the time.

She was found buried in a shallow grave behind Barrett's Aunt's home on Bunche Drive in Valdosta.

Cynthia Woodard, victim's aunt, says, "I feel like justice has been served and I am happy. Thank you Jesus. He deserved more than that but what he got I'm satisfied with. Thank you Lord."

Wade and Barrett had two children together.

Wade's family continues fighting for custody but the children have been taken by the state to Savannah where they have been adopted by another family.
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Man Suspected of Burying Teen Mom Alive Pleads Insanity, Victim's Family 'Outraged'

Valdosta, GA -- August 22, 2009 --

The Valdosta man charged with burying a teen mother alive is pleading insanity.

The victims family tells Eyewitness News they are outraged.

"He's the demon himself," said Cynthia Woodard, the victim's Aunt. "If he killed her like that, if he got out in the streets, he's liable to kill somebody else's' child."

Those are the harsh words Woodard has for Jonathan Barrett, 21, who is charged with burying her niece, Brittany Wade, 17, alive in the backyard of a Valdosta home.

Barrett and Wade were a couple and have two children together.

Barrett was set to have a bond hearing Friday morning but the judge removed Barrett's case from the court call.

Since Barrett is pleading insanity the judge says he must undergo psychological evaluation.

Following the ruling, Wade's family fled the courtroom.

"This is not just an ordinary battle this is a war," said Willie Wade, the victim's father. "So, all kinds of tactics are going to be played."

"He's not crazy. He's a long way from being crazy," Woodard added.

Wade was found buried in this shallow grave behind her boyfriend's aunt's home in the 1100 block of Bunche Drive in late July.

Brittany was there visiting her two sons.

Police say the couple had been fighting that evening.

Brittany's autopsy says her death was caused by asphyxiation. She had dirt in her lungs.

Her family believes Barrett deserves to die.

"He needs to stand up and man up on this situation and accept whatever it is they give him, the gas chamber, death penalty, lethal injection," said LaSonya Wade, Brittany's cousin.

Wade's family is wearing t-shirts made in Brittany's memory.

Her photo is on the front and a poem she wrote is on the back.

But unlike the poem, this family is not ready to forgive and forget whoever is found guilty of Brittany's murder.

Barrett's family was also in court this morning but declined to speak on camera


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