Three go to prison in Macon killing

Three Macon men have pleaded guilty to felony charges related to the 2009 shooting death of a 29-year-old Macon man.

Davonta Wilson, 18, of Crissy Drive, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and attempted armed robbery Monday in Bibb County Superior Court. He was sentenced to 40 years — 20 in prison followed by 20 on probation.

Wilson shot Travis Briscoe at Briscoe’s home in the 1100 block of Boulevard, in east Macon, on Dec. 2, 2009.

Wilson and 19-year-old Khirhy Simmons have admitted that they participated in a plan to rob Briscoe, prosecutor John Regan said.

“This appears to be a robbery over marijuana and money,” Regan said. Nothing was taken, though.

Briscoe was shot multiple times and died later at The Medical Center of Central Georgia,

Simmons, also a Boulevard resident, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated assault. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison followed by eight years on probation.

Christian Brown, 20, of Kitchens Street, pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery last week and also was sentenced to 12 years in prison followed by eight years on probation, Regan said.

Simmons and Brown told authorities that Wilson was the shooter, and they agreed to testify against him.

Had the case gone to trial, another witness would have testified that Briscoe identified his shooter as “Tae” before he died. Authorities believe “Tae” is Davonta Wilson, Regan said.

Rick Waller, Simmons’ lawyer, said Simmons and the other two men knew Briscoe.

“I don’t think any of them knew the consequences of what happened that day,” Waller said.

He said Simmons is “very sorry for what happened.”

Wilson apologized for his actions moments before he was sentenced.

“I’m sorry the situation happened,” he said. “I take full responsibility.”

Briscoe’s fiance, Nalani Teasley, spoke at Wilson’s hearing and said she was at home with Briscoe and two young children at the time of the shooting.

She said Briscoe helped the men whenever he could.

“They were supposed to be his friends,” Teasley said. “They weren’t people that didn’t know him.”

Briscoe’s sister, Teresa Oliver, spoke at Simmons’ hearing and said her family has been hurt by Briscoe’s killing.

“No matter how much time they get, it won’t bring him back,” she said.

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