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Life imposed in fatal TV beating

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Mississippi man was sentenced to life in Georgia prisons Thursday in the fatal beating of a Norcross man two years ago.

Gwinnett Superior Court Judge Timothy Hamil imposed a sentence of life plus 20 years for Reggie Pulley, 31, following his conviction on murder and other charges Thursday.

Jurors found Pulley guilty of all counts in deliberations that began about 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, said Assistant District Attorney Richard Vandever, who prosecuted. The trial spanned just two days.

Testimony showed the April 2008 attack happened in and around the bathroom and kitchen of Darryl Mason's Meadowood Commons apartment, where he died of blunt force trauma.

In a taped interrogation, Pulley admitted to bludgeoning the 38-year-old victim with his fists, feet, a chair and a 32-inch flat screen television. Pulley knew Mason when he lived in the Norcross area, and had stopped by his apartment to ask for a ride, he said in interviews.

Pulley claimed the victim made homosexual advances and was armed with scissors, which cut Pulley's finger. Investigators believe Pulley's sole purpose in visiting was to plunder Mason's property.

After the beating, Pulley stole Mason's 1997 Mazda Protege, along with jewelry, watches, two PlayStation gaming systems, video games and DVDs. He was caught trying to sell the car for $500 in his native Water Valley, Miss.

In addition to murder charges, Pulley was convicted of aggravated assault and two counts of theft by taking.

Pulley told interrogators on tape he didn't intend to kill Mason.