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Atlanta Man Gets Life Sentence for Valentine’s Day Shooting


The Gist: Jamaar Bracey was convicted and sentenced to life without parole for the 2021 shooting of Rodney Evans in Decatur.

The Details: On Valentine’s Day 2021, Rodney Evans was found with a fatal gunshot wound in an overturned car. Jamaar Bracey, 39, faced charges including Malice Murder and Aggravated Assault. The incident stemmed from a dispute involving Evans and a woman who had a protective order against him. Bracey, who had a prior life sentence for another murder, was arrested, tried, and convicted, receiving a life sentence without the possibility of parole plus 15 years, to run consecutively with his previous sentence.

By The Numbers:

  • Life without parole plus 15 additional years for Bracey
  • 2 counts of Felony Murder, among other charges
  • 4 bullet casings found at the crime scene

👮‍♂️ Gun Crimes in Our Communities: In the ongoing narrative of America’s complex relationship with firearms, statistics tell a tale that’s difficult to ignore. The Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit meticulously tracking gun incidents, lays it out in black and white. Here’s how it stacks up:

  • 2020 Statistics
    • Total gun-related incidents: 43,551
    • Gun-related deaths: 19,379
    • Gun-related injuries: 39,707
    • Mass shootings: 612
  • 2019 Statistics
    • Total gun-related incidents: 39,707
    • Gun-related deaths: 15,208
    • Gun-related injuries: 29,613
    • Mass shootings: 417

To Be Clear: These aren’t just digits on a page. Each statistic represents a life affected, a community shaken. And what’s more, these numbers tell us that the situation isn’t improving.

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