Life plus 20 years for convicted killer

LAWRENCEVILLE - A jury Tuesday found 25-year-old Jeremy Dockery guilty in the death of a man shot nearly two years ago while standing near his car during a gun battle in a crowded gas station parking lot.

Dockery was convicted of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, said Assistant District Attorney Jenny Shaw, who prosecuted the case with Assistant District Attorney Maya Whitmore.

Dockery was sentenced to life in prison for the June 2005 murder of 19-year-old Kareem Nicholson, Shaw said. He was also sentenced to serve 20 years in prison after the life sentence for the aggravated assault of Selena Golden, who was grazed by a bullet, plus five years of probation after the prison sentence.

Shaw said Dockery was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.

The shooting happened after a confrontation at Barnacles, a night club in Duluth. Dockery returned to his apartment to get a gun before heading for a gas station, where more than 100 people had gathered to hang out after nearby clubs and bars had closed.

Dockery came to the gas station to shoot his "intended targets," but Nicholson was killed when a gunbattle broke out, Shaw said. Nicholson was shot in the neck and chest, and a bullet pierced his heart, causing him to bleed to death.

The trial began April 16 and included nearly three days of testimony. Prosecutors brought forth 20 witnesses, including Dockery's co-defendant, 30-year-old Lamont Edward Seals. Seals' case is still pending, Shaw said.