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Oxford woman in kudzu murder case pleads guilty

CONYERS -- The girlfriend of a man who received a life sentence for the 2010 murder of a Conyers man pleaded guilty to lesser charges Monday in connection with the case.

Amanda Little, 27, of Oxford avoided a trial and pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and concealing the death of another for the death of Derrick Bernard Brown during a fight in October 2010.

Rockdale County Superior Court Judge Sidney Nation allowed the plea agreement before Little's trial was scheduled to begin Monday.

The District Attorney's Office agreed to drop the malice murder and felony murder charges against Little in exchange for the guilty plea.

Little was sentenced to 20 years with 13 to serve in prison for the aggravated assault charge and 10 years for concealing the death of another, according to court officials.

Little's boyfriend, Sylvester Leon Henderson, received a life sentence earlier this month after he pleaded guilty to Brown's murder.

Brown's body was found in a kudzu patch in Lawrenceville in October as Conyers Police were investigating a fight that had occurred on Villa Pines Court, off Irwin Bridge Road.

Police investigators said Brown was severely beaten and choked in the attack.

Police later learned that Brown, 56, was involved in a fight with Henderson over Little.

Witnesses told detectives they saw someone put a person in the back seat of a car and flee before police arrived on the scene.