Houston & Peach

Man pleads guilty, sentenced to prison for shooting relative at Fort Valley apartments

Corey Darnell McKinney Jr.
Corey Darnell McKinney Jr.

A Fort Valley man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the fatal shooting of another man at Indian Oaks Apartments earlier this year.

Corey Darnell McKinney Jr., 21, also was sentenced Monday to eight years on probation upon release from prison, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office for the Macon Judicial Circuit.

McKinney was sentenced after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter Monday in Peach County Superior Court, the release said.

Dalvin Kentrell Smith, 20, of Montezuma, was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 24 after he was shot multiple times at the apartment complex at 1103 E Church St. He was shot in the upper torso.

If the case had gone to trial, prosecutor Neil Halvorson would have presented evidence showing that Smith was shot after an altercation with McKinney, his relative, the release said.

According to the release:

McKinney, who lived at the apartment complex, contended that Smith threatened to beat him up before Smith pushed McKinney into McKinney’s apartment.

Witnesses heard McKinney tell Smith to leave before they heard gunshots.

McKinney maintained that he shot Smith after Smith refused to leave and continued to threaten him.

“Disagreements should never be settled with gunfire,” District Attorney David Cooke said in the release. “In this case, Mr. Smith paid with his life, and the defendant paid with his freedom.”