WINDER - Three brothers were convicted of an October murder, and each received a life sentence.
Christopher, Tyrone and Emory Teasley were each convicted on six counts relating to the Oct. 29 murder of 39-year-old James Riden on Thursday.
Sgt. David Willoughby of the Winder Police Department said the brothers claimed Riden's shooting was in self-defense, but police found no evidence that Riden had a gun, as they claimed.
"We believe they were guilty," he said. "One act of violence affected so many people."
Police said Emory Teasley, 30, had had an earlier altercation with one of Riden's relatives the day of the shooting. Emory Teasley told 32-year-old Tyrone Teasley to shoot at the relative, Willoughby said, but he hit Riden instead, killing him. Christopher Teasley, 29, reportedly drove his brothers to the Big H Food Store at 115 King St., where the shooting occurred.
All three brothers were found guilty of murder, felony murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, tampering with evidence and two counts of aggravated assault, according to the Barrow County clerk of courts office.
In addition to his life sentence, Christopher Teasley will serve five years for the gun charge. Tyrone Teasley will serve an additional eight years on the gun charge and for tampering with evidence, and Emory Teasley will serve life plus 15 years, five for possession of a firearm and 10 for tampering with evidence.
Willoughby said both Emory and Christopher Teasley had prior drug charges against them, but Tyrone Teasley had no previous felony convictions.
All three are being held at the Barrow County Detention Center, Willoughby said.
The murder had been the first in Winder since 2003, Willoughby said. Another murder, at El Manantial Restaurant in April, remains unsolved.