Macon teen gets 20 years in killing

A 17-year-old Macon teenager was sentenced Monday to serve 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in connection to the November death of a Macon man.

As part of a plea agreement, Derek Perkins, of Newberg Avenue, agreed to testify against two other men accused in the killing of 40-year-old Ozzie Jackson Jr.

After being sworn to tell the truth, Perkins answered several questions about the murder. He admitted he was with 22-year-old Travis Lydell Holloway of Grady Street, 18-year-old Anquan Joel Howard of Schley Street and 17-year-old Damian Fryer of Atwood Drive on Nov. 1 and that a burglary occurred.

As the group walked down Mikado Avenue with the stolen items, the group encountered Jackson, Perkins testified. Perkins confirmed he was carrying a handgun and that he “tussled” with Jackson for the gun. At some point, Holloway shot Jackson twice with a shotgun and the group left in different directions, he said.

Perkins’ attorney, Michael Chidester, said Perkins has been cooperative with authorities since his arrest.

“He’s been forthcoming,” Chidester said.

He said Perkins didn’t know that Jackson would be killed.

“He never had any intention or knowledge that Holloway would shoot the man,” Chidester said.

Fryer pleaded guilty to burglary May 11 and was sentenced to serve six years in prison and nine years on probation. He also agreed to testify against his co-defendants.

The cases against Holloway and Howard have not gone to trial.

Information from The Telegraph’s archives was included in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.