The Gist: Murder suspect Deonte Denard Sills, 30, was convicted on multiple charges, including Malice Murder, for his involvement in a deadly home invasion in DeKalb County that killed an elderly man..
The Details: On March 19, 2020, a violent home invasion in Ellenwood resulted in the tragic death of 94-year-old Frank Collings. Sills was found guilty of a slew of charges by a jury. The assault included holding a family at gunpoint, demanding money, and a cruel attack on Collings, who was thrown to the ground and fatally shot. Sills’ conviction follows a comprehensive investigation using cell data to link him to the crime scene.
The three suspects smashed the victims’ phones when one of them tried to call 911. They then pepper sprayed the victims and forced them into a bedroom.
Hearing the commotion inside his home, Collings, went to investigate. The intruders threw Collings, who was using a walker, to the ground, dragged him into a bedroom and shot him in the head. The three men then ran from the home.
First responders transported Mr. Collings to a nearby hospital, but he did not survive.
While Sills did not pull the trigger, he was charged for his role in Collings shooting. Unfortunately, his accomplices have not yet been identified.
By The Numbers:
- 1 conviction for Malice Murder and Felony Murder each.
- 9 additional charges including Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, and Cruelty to Children.
- 3 other victims, including a 12-year-old child, directly impacted by the invasion.
The Big Picture: This case highlights a disturbing trend of violent home invasions in the Atlanta area, raising concerns over public safety and the need for effective law enforcement responses.
Why It Matters: The conviction underscores the gravity of home invasion crimes and the justice system’s role in addressing violent offenses that devastate families and communities.
What You Can Do: Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant, report suspicious activities, and support neighborhood watch programs to enhance community safety.
What’s Next?: A sentencing hearing for Sills is scheduled later this month, as the search for the remaining suspects continues. The community and victims await closure as law enforcement works to bring all involved to justice.
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