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.

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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  • by Anonymous Location: Ala on Oct 21, 2011 at 08:24 PM
    All you judgemental people had better get Jesus in your lives.Yall had better leave those people alone, you are going to be dropping like flies. The Bible teaches us to "TOUCH NOT MY ANOINTED AND DO MY PROPHET NO HARM"
  • by Steve Location: Not in Marietta on Oct 19, 2011 at 11:24 AM
    Needle and chair, Chaplain, telephone...It would be over in minutes.
  • by StarrB Location: Miami on Oct 19, 2011 at 10:31 AM
    our family is going through so much right now Brittany's fatherdied last year. Exactly a year after she died.. all the stress and turmoil Jonothan caused herfather just couldn't take it. Imagine somenone taking your child, killing her and BURYING HER! we, miss brittany and wade more than words can ever explain....Now the devil is working on her mother, she's sick...He shouldve had DOUBLE MURDER CHARGES. let me tell you something..if this happened where I live we would have Britt's kids and her father would've had something to live for.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 22, 2011 at 11:57 AM in reply to StarrB
      Well to to really be honest, if youwould really want to know Britt's father died from using drugs, at another womans house, not from stressing over her.
  • by God Bless America on Oct 19, 2011 at 09:06 AM
    30 years? another farce in the judical system. maybe he ought to live with the judge that sentenced him when he gets out. I hope the judge doesn't have any shovels hanging around.
  • by Rick Location: greater Tally area on Oct 19, 2011 at 08:41 AM
    A person convicted of killing some one, if their not sentenced to death then they should be kept in jail as long as their victim is dead.... That's right FOREVER...
  • by Vic on Oct 19, 2011 at 07:18 AM
    She did not deserve to die....In regards to having children...we require a license to drive a vehicle but allow people to have children at will...
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      by Saddle Creek Run on Oct 19, 2011 at 09:18 AM in reply to Vic
      allowing them is one thing, paying them is another
  • by Anonymous on Oct 19, 2011 at 07:03 AM
    That's not right, he will be out of prison when's he's forty-one years old. The system isn't fair.
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      by Saddler Creek - Alignance of Silence on Oct 19, 2011 at 02:15 PM in reply to
      The system is what you make it. Stop aligning together in silence an then start crying the system is not fair. Tell what you know when you know.
  • by Vic on Oct 19, 2011 at 06:55 AM
    A young lady is killed at age 17. The low life goes to prison and will most likely be out at age 41 or younger. He gets to keep on living and enjoying freedom. Something is not right....
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      by Saddle Creek Run on Oct 19, 2011 at 09:17 AM in reply to Vic
      Yep, that is true. If you want justice in your communities when crimes happen, start telling the police what you know.
  • by AB Location: GA on Oct 19, 2011 at 06:42 AM
    30 years is a ridiculous sentence for this crime. How did he get out of life in prison? Or the chair?
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      by Another Aliance of silence on Oct 19, 2011 at 09:15 AM in reply to AB
      See the comment below. That is how. Because they align together in silence.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 19, 2011 at 06:29 AM
    I am a family member, to which side is not important. Just know there is so much more to this story than you all know. May God have mercy on your souls!! No one should pass judgement on anybody!!
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      by God Bless America on Oct 19, 2011 at 09:07 AM in reply to
      You past judgement every day without realizing get real.
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      by Saddler Creek, Here we go again, another aliance of silence on Oct 19, 2011 at 09:13 AM in reply to
      Oh please, why all the secrecy. What more is there to know. Tell it. Why is it, in the black community,when children or their parents get killed no one wants to come out with the information they have then they want to cry racism when justice is not served
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        by Saddie on May 12, 2012 at 06:09 AM in reply to Saddler Creek, Here we go again, another aliance of silence
        Saddler Creek, giving you respect first and foremost, this is not about a race issue this is about a young mother's life being taken in this manner, you seems to be intelligent enough, please stop with the black community because this HAPPENS in every community, this is about a life lost and a monster in jail for a short while to walk free and endanger someone's else life. GOD made all of us, learn to love and support each other not this negative connotaton. Be blessed!
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