Two men plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter in drug-related shooting in Macon

Two men pleaded guilty to armed robbery and voluntary manslaughter Tuesday in drug-related shooting in 2016.

Jarodney M. Newberry, 24, and Rashad Deangelo Brown, 21, were sentenced in Superior Court to serve 30 years in prison, according to a Bibb County District Attorney’s Office news release. They won’t be eligible for parole until after serving 20 years.

Rollie Vaughn, 32, was fatally wounded in the lower back at a house in the 3000 block of Bethune Avenue in east Macon on Sept. 15, 2016.

Newberry and Brown went to the house to do a drug deal, but intended to rob Vaughn, according to the release. Brown pulled a gun and Vaughn was shot twice in a struggle for the gun.

“A bag of marijuana cost Mr. Vaughn his life and Mr. Newberry and Mr. Brown their freedom,” District Attorney David Cooke said in the release. “Violence like this won’t be tolerated in our community.”

Becky Purser has covered breaking news as well as crime and courts primarily in Houston and Peach counties for The Telegraph. She’s now exploring topics that impact the lives of children, parents and the family. A graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree in communications/news-editorial sequence, Becky also has covered city and county government for Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia newspapers.
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