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Macon teen cops burglary plea, will testify against co-defendants

A 17-year-old Macon teenager was sentenced to six years in prison Monday after he pleaded guilty to a burglary related to the death of a Macon man.

Damian Fryer also must serve nine years on probation after completing his prison term, according to the sentence issued in Bibb County Superior Court.

Fryer, of Atwood Drive, was indicted in the Nov. 1, 2008, shooting death of 40-year-old Ozzie Jackson Jr. on Mikado Avenue along with three others: Travis Lydell Holloway, 22, of Grady Street; Derek Perkins, 17, of Newberg Avenue; and Anquan Joel Howard, 18, of Schley Street.

The four also were indicted on charges of hijacking a motor vehicle and two counts of burglary.

In exchange for Fryer’s guilty plea to the burglary charge and his agreement to testify against Holloway and Perkins, prosecutor John Regan said all charges against Fryer except for the burglary will be dropped.

While investigating Jackson’s killing, investigators discovered that two other crimes had happened at about the same time in the same area, Regan said. A house in the 1000 block of Burke Street had been burglarized and a person had been carjacked.

Police found a PlayStation 3 with a bootlegged movie inside it at the scene of Jackson’s killing, he said. The gaming system and movie had been reported stolen from the Burke Street burglary.

Fryer told investigators he had been with the other three men, but authorities determined that Fryer was not a participant in Jackson’s killing, Regan said. Evidence did point to his involvement in the burglary.

Charges against the other three men are still pending.

Regan requested that the judge withhold final sentencing until after Fryer testifies against Holloway and Perkins. He said he and Fryer’s attorney, Sam Hart Jr., were jointly recommending that the court place a 10-year cap on his sentence.

The judge instead sentenced Fryer to a combined 15 years in prison and on probation.

Hart indicated that he may file a motion asking the judge to reconsider Fryer’s sentence after he testifies against Holloway and Perkins.

He described Fryer as a “well-spoken” teen who got involved with “the wrong crowd.”

“He has shown great remorse,” Hart said, adding that Fryer is working to get his high school equivalency diploma.

“He has a lot of potential.”

Information from The Telegraph’s Archives was included in this report.

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

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