16-year-old charged with murder had lengthy juvenile record

awomack@macon.comFebruary 3, 2014 

Drive_By

Police and news media were on the scene of a shooting Nov. 21 in the 2000 block of Cedar Avenue. Dontavius “Man Man” Mintz, 16, has been charged in the death of Alyssa Zari Jackson.

WOODY MARSHALL — woody@woodymarshall.com

The Macon teenager charged in a fatal November gang shooting was having trouble with the law before his 13th birthday, court records show.

Dontavius “Man Man” Mintz, 16, is charged with murder in the Nov. 21 death of 16-year-old Alyssa Zari Jackson outside a house on Macon’s Cedar Avenue. A gang feud prompted the shooting, and Jackson wasn’t the intended target, according to an arrest warrant.

Mintz also is charged in the Nov. 18 armed robbery of a man who was forced to drive from his home in north Bibb County’s Howard Oaks subdivision to an ATM and withdraw money.

The 16-year-old’s criminal record includes incidents ranging from theft and disorderly conduct to the robbery of a fellow student and obstructing police after he was spotted in a stolen car, Bibb County Juvenile Court records show.

While Mintz has been sentenced to probation multiple times, the longest sentence he’s had in a youth detention center is 30 days. He’s been held at the Macon Regional Youth Detention Center without bond since his Jan. 17 arrest.

Records list Mintz as living on Lyn Drive, just behind Bloomfield Middle School. His mother answered the door at the house Friday and declined to talk about her son or any of the charges against him. Attempts to reach his father were unsuccessful.

A date hasn’t been set for when prosecutors will present the most recent charges against Mintz to a grand jury for possible indictment, the next step as Mintz moves through the court system.

This time, though, he is charged as an adult.

The open portion of Mintz’s Juvenile Court record begins with a 2010 violation of probation and a theft charge. The records don’t indicate what offense prompted his first being placed on probation. Juvenile records in Georgia generally are open only after a second or subsequent offense or if one of the offenses includes a serious felony.

Here’s what court and law enforcement records show about Mintz’s background:

• On Jan. 8, 2010, a teenage girl told deputies she let a boy into her south Bibb County home to use the restroom after he rode up on a bike with a friend. When he left, a laptop was missing.

Mintz, who was 12 at the time, was later sentenced to five days at a detention center, 100 hours of community service, a year of probation and counseling. He also was ordered to pay $499 in restitution.

• On Nov. 1, 2011, Mintz, 14 at the time, was charged with disorderly conduct and disrupting a public school stemming from his hiding on a school bus and refusing to get off. Then a Rutland Middle School student, he had been suspended from the bus after the driver reported a prior disciplinary problem.

• About a month later, Mintz was again charged with disorderly conduct after using profanity toward an administrator in the Rutland Middle School cafeteria. Records note that it took the help of campus police to control him.

For the first disorderly charge, a judge sentenced Mintz to write an apology letter to the bus driver, pay $30 in court costs and write “It is a privilege to ride (the) bus” a thousand times.

He was suspended from school for the cafeteria incident.

More serious cases

• During the fall after Mintz’s 15th birthday, he was accused, along with another teenager, of lying in wait and robbing a fellow Bloomfield Middle student as the student walked home.

Witnesses told police that Mintz asked a 14-year-old student for change for two $5 bills, but his accomplice threw the boy to the ground when he pulled out his wallet. The two youths took the wallet and ran off.

Witnesses later spotted them divvying up $70 they’d taken from the boy.

A judge sentenced Mintz to 30 days in a detention center and to be on probation until his 17th birthday. He also was suspended from school and was ordered to pay restitution.

• A few months later, on April 18, 2013, a police officer spotted a Honda speeding out of the Budget Inn parking lot on Riverside Drive just before 6 a.m. He saw Mintz and another youth inside the car.

The officer later found the car, with its doors unlocked and ignition damaged, parked at a nearby Best Western.

Officers chased Mintz and the other boy on foot. When caught and interviewed, Mintz denied knowing anything about the car. He said he and “his boy” were there trying to meet a girl he had met on Twitter, but the girl never showed up. He wouldn’t identify the other boy.

Police confirmed that the Honda had been stolen, and they found two car CD players in the floorboard. The battery from another car also was inside.

Mintz later pleaded guilty to an obstruction charge. He was sentenced to an additional six months on probation and 30 days of electronic monitoring.

• In a separate incident, he was suspended from school for the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year May 17, 2013, after refusing to comply with the school’s dress code. The records note that the “youth was disrespectful, defiant and willfully disobedient.”

He wasn’t enrolled as a student for the 2013-2014 school year, according to the school system.

• On Mintz’ 16th birthday, June 6, 2013, he was charged with violation of probation because he left home while wearing an ankle monitor. Records show he was gone for hours at a time late at night and through the early morning on several occasions between May 16 and May 30. He visited multiple locations in Macon’s Bloomfield and Village Green neighborhoods, as well as an address on Mercer University Drive. Later, he was sentenced to another year on probation.

• The last entry on Mintz’s record was a Dec. 30, 2013, shoplifting arrest. The case was still pending when he was jailed on murder and armed robbery charges.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

The Telegraph is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service