SECOND MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO BURGLARIZING HOME OF BASEBALL GREAT HANK AARON
Burglars Stole Cars, Baseball Rings Destined for Hall of Fame
Atlanta– The second of three men indicted for burglarizing the home of Atlanta Braves legend Hank Aaron has entered a guilty plea. 23-year-old Amir Coleman was scheduled to stand trial today but instead pleaded guilty to one count of Burglary and two counts of Theft by Taking in advance of jury selection. Coleman was sentenced to 35 years to serve ten with the balance on probation by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Shawn LaGrua.
The charges against Coleman stem from the July 14, 2013 burglary at the Southwest Atlanta home of Hank and Billye Aaron. The victims were out of town at the time of the incident. Coleman and his two accomplices disabled the alarm system and entered the home. The burglars ransacked the home and stole countless jewelry items including several baseball rings Mr. Aaron had intended to donate to the Hall of Fame. The men also stole the couples’ two BMW’s and fled the scene. One car was located the next morning approximately a mile away from the home. The other vehicle was located in neighboring Cobb County. The vehicles had not been stripped, though the burglars did attempt to disable the ‘LoJack’ system on each vehicle.
On Monday, August 4, 2014, co-defendant Isiah Slaton also pleaded guilty to Burglary and Theft by Taking charges in connection with the case and was sentenced to eight years behind bars and 42 years on probation. He is a repeat offender with two prior burglary convictions. Amir Coleman has three prior burglary convictions.
Edward Buford, a third co-defendant, was granted immunity in exchange for truthful testimony against his co-defendants. During an interview with prosecutors, Buford stated his co-defendants had planned to sell Mr. Aaron’s baseball rings for $500. To date, those rings have not been recovered.
The case against Slaton and Coleman was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Shondeana Morris with assistance from North Fulton Community Prosecutor Christopher Foss, Zone 6 Community Prosecutor Keith Lamar and DA Investigators Shavonne Edwards and Don Scully. Detective Daniel Paul with the Atlanta Police Department led the initial investigation.