On Saturday, Devonni Maunel “Devo” Benton was sentenced to life plus 25 years for the murder of Spelman College sophomore Jasmine Lynn.
Benton was found guilty of murder and two counts of aggravated assault for the shooting that took place in September of 2009.
The additional 25 years given to Benton, 21, are credited to a weapons possession charge.
By Georgia law, in order to a person to be eligible for parole, they must serve 25 years for his/her first life conviction.
According to witnesses on the scene, Benton fired a gun on a crowd while on Clark Atlanta University’s campus. Lynn was shot in the chest as she was attempted to break up a fight.
The defense holds their client’s innocence and state that Benton will have 30 days to appeal the decision.
Constance Franklin, the mother of Lynn, was satisfied with the outcome of the case and hopes that other children will use this situation and have it serve as a deterrent in senseless killings.
“I am grateful and satisfied. I feel like 1,000 pounds have been lifted,” Franklin said. “Now I can move on and help other parents in my situation.”