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Life in Prison for Thanksgiving Killer

By: Eames Yates Email
By: Eames Yates Email

Brooks County, GA - September 27, 2012 7:57 pm

A Brooks County man has been sentenced to life in prison for murder.

Judge Richard Cowart sentenced Frederick Gee to life in prison. Gee's crime -- Shooting his girlfriend to death on Thanksgiving Day of 2010. Our camera was the only one rolling in the court room.

Judge Cowart: "It's the sentence of the court as to count one that you serve a period of life in prison."

Frederick Gee was convicted in the Thanksgiving 2010 killing of his then girlfriend Julie Samuel. The shooting occurred in the 900 block of West Hill Avenue in Quitman. Nearly two years later, Gee was sentenced. Because it's a life sentence he will serve a minimum of 30 years in prison before being eligible for parole. Despite getting that news his expression stayed the same.

Rockie Hadley, Brother-in-Law: "he's handling it strong. And and I wouldn't expect any different. He's a strong guy."

Prosecutors say that Gee and his girlfriend had a passionate relationship and often argued... until Gee took it a step further.

Brad Shealy, Prosecutor: "he just hauled off and shot her I think 6, 7, 8 times. And it's just one of those situations where you have that temper and you have access to a gun and before you realized what you're doing you've done shot somebody."

Chevene King, Defense Attorney: "they had had their difficulties but unfortunately it culminated in this young lady losing her life."

Delvin Boatman, Pastor: "there's clearly no winners in this case, you know, I think it's difficult for both families."

Gee has already served 2 years in jail. Meaning it will be another 28 years before he will be eligible for parole.

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Brooks County, GA - September 27, 2012

A Brooks County man has been sentenced to life in prison for murder.

Frederick Gee was convicted of killing his girlfriend on Thanksgiving Day of 2010. Nearly two years later he was finally sentenced to life in prison. Our camera was the only one rolling in the court room.

This exclusive video shows Gee as he addressed the court before being sentenced to life.

He shot his girlfriend, Julie Samuel, 8 times after a heated argument. In court Gee told Samuel s family that he was sorry and that not a day goes by that he doesn't think about it.

This morning's sentencing was the final step in what has been an emotional 2 years for both families involved.

Gee was also sentenced to 5 years for possession of a firearm. According to his attorney he will be eligible for parole after 14 years. His attorney also said they plan to appeal.


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