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Man gets four life sentences

COVINGTON -- Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton told convicted murderer 20-year-old Jamall Pridgett on Tuesday morning that he would be in prison for a long, long time.

Benton handed down four life sentences plus 80 years for the murder and armed robberies that he was found guilty of last week.

Assistant District Attorney Clint Malcom, who prosecuted the case against Pridgett, said each life sentence should require him to serve 30 years before becoming eligible for parole.

A Newton County jury found Pridgett guilty of the murder of 20-year-old Jerome Glover of Oxford in October 2008, plus 14 other counts of aggravated assault, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the bloody incident that occurred during a dice game at a West Street residence.

Pridgett and four other men were shooting dice in a small room at the house, when Pridgett stood up and pointed a gun at the men and demanded they lie down on the floor.

"Pridgett robbed the victims, shot them and ran off," said Covington Police Department Detective Daniel Seals at the time of the incident, adding that Pridgett knew his victims and they knew him.

The four men were shot multiple times with a handgun and EMS technicians told officers at the scene the trauma was so massive it was impossible to tell how many shots each victim sustained. Three of the victims, ranging in age from their late teens to 30 years of age, recovered. But Glover ultimately died from his injuries at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta two days after the assault.

Pridgett, who was only 18 at the time of the incident, was arrested by CPD officers a few hours after the shooting. He was found hiding at a residence near the crime scene.