Man gets 25 years in Norcross teen's death

LAWRENCEVILLE - An Atlanta man was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison for the 2008 killing of a Norcross teen.

Larry Daniely, 28, was charged with murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a felony in the April 1, 2008, incident that killed 19-year-old Michael Anthony Black Jr.

The jury of six men and six women acquitted Daniely on malice murder and aggravated assault, but found him guilty of voluntary manslaughter and possessing the knife.

Superior Court Judge Ronnie Batchelor sentenced Daniely to 20 years for voluntary manslaughter and five years - to be served consecutively - for possession of a knife.

Assistant District Attorney John A. Warr said the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles will determine the actual amount of time Daniely will serve. Part of the board's considerations, he said, will be Daniely's prior felony convictions in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties for possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Daniely's defense attorney, Scott Estes, said the actual prison term could likely fall anywhere between 65 and 90 percent of the original sentence, barring any sort of relief from the court.

"We are happy, obviously, that he wasn't convicted of murder," Estes said. "But I would anticipate him seeking some form of post-conviction relief."

That Daniely stabbed and killed Black was never in question, it was why did he do it and under what circumstances.

Prosecutors said a fight ensued after Black stepped in between Daniely and his girlfriend as the couple argued at the Norcross Extended Stay hotel. It was "just a fight," the state said, and there was no reason for Daniely to produce a knife and stab Black.

Estes argued that Black attacked Daniely from behind and Black's girlfriend hit him with a beer bottle. Daniely tried to disengage from the situation, Estes said, unsuccessfully.

"This is definitely a self-defense situation," Estes said.