A teenager who killed a woman during a “gang-related lover’s quarrel” will spend the rest of her life in prison.
A Lawrenceville, Georgia judge handed down a 140-year prison sentence to 17-year-old Damia Mitchell on Monday, June 20.
Mitchell was tried as an adult and convicted of killing 20-year-old Faith Burns in a Dacula, Ga. subdivision on Valentine’s Day 2021.
Police say Mitchell, of Snellville, fired 19 gunshots at the home because she was upset with her ex-girlfriend who was inside the home.
Investigators say Mitchell and Burns knew each other, and Burns was visiting Mitchell’s ex-girlfriend.
Police eventually arrested four other teenage girls who showed up with Mitchell to fight her ex.
Kennedy Collins and Jocelyn Spencer, both 17, were arrested on felony murder and aggravated assault charges. Two other girls from Snellville were also arrested but not identified because they are minors.
Prosecutors called the shooting “a gang-related lover’s quarrel” and that the girls were members of a violent street gang.
Mitchell had sent text messages to her ex warning her that she planned to shoot up her house and assault her.
A jury convicted Mitchell of voluntary manslaughter, three counts of aggravated assault and eight counts of street gang terrorism.
Mitchell’s family called the prison sentence excessive and said it deprived her of growing up and having her own children one day.
“I just know something needs to be done. What they did in court wasn’t right,” Vanissa Jackson, Mitchell’s mother, said. “She’s not the shooter. She didn’t do this.”
Mitchell’s aunt, Lena Hall, said the 140-year sentence would rob the child of her adulthood.
“No record, a child. She won’t even get the opportunity to live her life, have her own kids,” Hall told Channel 2 Gwinnett County Bureau Chief Tony Thomas.
The other defenders in the case are awaiting trial.
A GoFundMe account raised over $ 22,000 for Burns’ funeral expenses.