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Police: Stolen guns may be linked to student murder

Romaine Stewart

Romaine Stewart

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Larnell Sillah

GRAYSON -- A September burglary in which 12 guns were stolen from a Grayson house may be connected to the December murder of a Grayson teenager.

Two suspects arrested in February in connection with the murder of Paul Sampleton, 14, were also believed to be responsible for a burglary of guns and electronics on Sept. 11 that was investigated by Snellville Police. Gwinnett Police Cpl. Jake Smith said fingerprints were recovered at the burglary, which matched suspects in the murder.

The burglary was at a house less than a mile from the one where Sampleton was murdered on Haynescrest Drive in December. A Gwinnett police detective said at a preliminary hearing this week that Larnell Sillah and co-defendant Romaine Stewart popped a rear window to the home and stole the guns.

A Snellville Police incident report also said magazines, ammunition and a rifle case were stolen from the master bedroom closet. The suspects also reportedly stole a PlayStation game console, 20 games and 15 Blu-ray Disc movies.

Four .45 caliber handguns were stolen from the house, the same caliber gun used in the murder, but Smith said the murder weapon has not been recovered.

Sillah, 16, and Stewart, 18, were arrested alongside Achiel Morgan, 15. Sillah is the lone suspect charged with murder in Sampleton's death. Sampleton, a freshman at Grayson High School, was found bound and shot inside his home Dec. 19, and authorities believe the trio targeted him for his expensive shoes and clothes.

Sillah's attorney, Tom West, was also dismissed at the hearing by Judge Debra Turner because of a conflict of interest that stemmed from his previous representation of a potential witness in the case.

Comments

notblind 10 months, 3 weeks ago

NOTE TO GUN OWNERS !!!!! IF YOU DON'T HAVE A GUN SAFE GO BUY ONE - TONIGHT !!!!! IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO SEE THAT YOUR GUNS DON'T FALL INTO THE HANDS OF CRIMINALS !!!!

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kevin 10 months, 3 weeks ago

A burglar alarm would have prevented them from being stolen, unless of course, these guys were in that house before and knew exactly where those guns were. With that many guns in the house, it was foolish not to have an alarm, and set to "on."

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