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Athens teen receives 20-year sentence for block party shooting death

Marquise Dontavius Malcom

By Joe Johnson

An Athens teen was recently handed a 20-year sentence for the shooting death of a man at an eastside neighborhood block party three months ago.

As part of a negotiated agreement with prosecutors, 15-year-old Marquise Dontavius Malcom pleaded guilty to manslaughter for killing 38-year-old Carlos Antonio Harper on May 8 during the party on Carriage Court in the Clarke Gardens apartment complex.

In return for the guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed charges of involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a handgun by a person under 18 years old, according to documents filed Aug. 18 in Clarke County Superior Court.

In accordance with the plea deal, Judge Lawton Stephens sentenced Malcom to 10 years in confinement and 10 years on probation, with the conditions he cannot have contact with the victim’s family members, must enroll in a GED program, and cannot associate with known gang members, according to the sentencing document.

Carlos Antonio Harper

According to Athens-Clarke County police, Malcom shot Harper on May 8 after Harper confronted him over something inappropriate the teen might have said or done to the victim’s daughter during the party.

When arrested, police initially charged the teen with felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a person under 18, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

However, when the case was presented to a grand jury earlier this month, murder was not a charge that the District Attorney ‘s Office gave jurors to consider.

The indictment states that Malcom was charged with voluntary manslaughter because he killed Harper “under such circumstances that would otherwise be murder while acting solely as the result of a sudden, violent and irresistible passion resulting from serious provocation sufficient to excite such passion in a reasonable person by shooting Carlos Harper...”

Malcom was being incarcerated at the Rockdale Regional Youth Detention Center.

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This had me very worried. My son was murdered on 11-10-2019. I've had three different prosecutors handling the case and now the current prosecutor on the case is accused of prosecutorial misconduct. For anyone that is not familiar with the details of my son's case you can watch this video on YouTube:

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Thank you. Justice is really slow coming because of covid and all the changes in the DA's office.


This has nothing to do with the workload in the DA's office. Instead, it's an ideology that is intentionally driven by the DA and is going to destroy our community. She is very. very dangerous and our community better wake-up and pay attention to what her office is doing.

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I guess then this means we have 3 things working against justice; 1. What you said.

2. Huge backup due to COVID.

3. Short staffed and it looks like many of them are beginners.


This is one of the problems with the judicial system! 10 years in jail for murdering someone!!! This is so ridiculous! How many years will he actually serve? What if the victim were the brother of someone on the prosecution team? Would the murderer have gotten this extremely light sentence then? The DA's office is so overloaded with cases and so short staffed. Does this mean are we are getting plea deals like this to cut corners resulting in unjust outcomes?

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It is what Gonzalez ran on, pro-criminal and anti-law and order. Clarke and Oconee county have already started paying the price. The criminals love it though.


The DA wants him back on the streets after maybe serving four years for murdering someone's dad.

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