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Posted on: April 15, 2016

Man pleads guilty in 2013 “Good Samaritan” toddler shooting

DECATUR, GA – Chazrel Burton pleaded guilty today to shooting 2-year-old Evan Harrison outside a Kroger in June 2013.
Burton, 25, will serve 25 years of a 40-year sentence in prison. The remaining 15 years he will serve on probation.
“He could have killed everyone in that car,” DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said of Burton after the plea hearing. “That type of behavior is just inexcusable. This is why we put people like this in prison.”
In what was called the “Good Samaritan” case, Evan’s father Jermaine Harrison confronted Burton as he robbed someone outside the Kroger on North Hairston Road near Stone Mountain.
After the altercation, Harrison left Burton and returned to his car with his wife and son.
During the plea hearing, prosecutors played surveillance video from Kroger showing Burton walk past the Harrisons’ car, then turn and open fire from only a few feet away.
He fired 15 rounds at the family’s car before fleeing the area. Burton surrendered himself to police only after a weeklong manhunt.
“I am sympathetic to the psychiatric condition of Mr. Burton,” DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Clarence Seeliger said Friday in response to defense attorney claims that Burton suffered from mental health issues. “But he had a gun and he could’ve been a danger to the entire community. Certainly he had the wherewithal to find the gun.”
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