Defendant was sentenced to 65 years to serve in prison following his conviction

Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, AGGRAVATED BATTERY, POSSESSION OF A FIREARM DURING THE COMMISSION OF A FELONY, and POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A CONVICTED FELON conviction, by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury, of 26-year-old ERIC KENDRICK.

Following Eric Kendrick’s conviction on Monday evening, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Craig L. Schwall, Sr. sent a stern message to other gang members in Metro Atlanta.

“We’re going to send a message to the criminal street gangs that are dedicated to raping, robbing, and murdering that we are not going to tolerate it in society.”

Judge Craig L. Schwall, Sr.
Fulton County Superior Court

Judge Schwall handed down the stiffest punishment possible by sentencing Kendrick to 65 years in prison of which the defendant will serve every single day.

Kendrick has an extensive history as it relates to criminal street gang activity. Kendrick has been arrested and convicted in Fulton County several times over the past (5) years for gang-related offenses. In 2010, Kendrick was convicted of Participation in Criminal Street Gang Activity for his involvement in a “smash and grab” burglary in Atlanta. In that case, Kendrick received a sentence of (1) year in prison and (4) years on probation. In 2014, Kendrick was arrested again for his alleged role in a gang-related murder but was later acquitted at trial. Kendrick currently has two open cases before the Fulton County Superior Court, one of which is for Participation in Criminal Street Gang Activity in 2017. During that incident, Kendrick was arrested for illegally possessing a handgun as a convicted felon in an area known for illegal drug activity and stolen vehicles. Despite Kendrick’s extensive gang-related criminal history and his two open cases before the Fulton County Superior Court, a judge released the defendant on bond within 30 days of his arrest for the 2017 incident. On October 7, 2018, while out on bond, Kendrick committed the Aggravated Assault for which he was convicted on Monday evening (August 26, 2019) and sentenced to 65 years to serve in prison.

Narrative of October 7, 2018, Incident:

On October 7, 2018, 42-year-old Exazavia King and his girlfriend had a public disagreement on social media. Later that day, King received a text message from a person of which he was familiar asking him to step outside of his home along Moury Avenue Southwest in Atlanta. When King exited his home, he was confronted by Kendrick, his girlfriend’s cousin and a known gang member. The defendant demanded the victim empty his pockets, so King obliged. Kendrick then said to the victim,

“You think you gonna keep disrespecting my cousin like that?”

Kendrick proceeded to fire one shot with a semi-automatic handgun which struck King in his left forearm and his lower back. As Kendrick was fleeing the scene, the defendant proclaimed his affiliation with an Atlanta based criminal street gang by yelling out the name of the group to the victim. Kendrick was later arrested in February of 2019. Fortunately, King survived the shooting.

Kendrick possesses an elaborate criminal history including (11) prior arrests, (4) previous felony convictions for Theft by Taking, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Participation in Criminal Street Gang Activity, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine. Kendrick also has two open cases before the Fulton County Superior Court for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Participation in Criminal Street Gang Activity. Kendrick was charged with a gang-related murder in 2014 but was acquitted at trial.

KENDRICK was convicted of AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, AGGRAVATED BATTERY, POSSESSION OF A FIREARM DURING THE COMMISSION OF A FELONY, and POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A CONVICTED FELON.

Kendrick was sentenced to
65 years to serve in prison.   

Judge Craig L. Schwall, Sr., of the Superior Court of Fulton County, presided over the case. Deputy District Attorney Cara Convery led the prosecution of the case. She was assisted by Assistant District Attorney Danielle Douglas, Investigator Keith Le’Mon, and Victim-Witness-Advocate Katelyn Pierson of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Investigators R. McClure and D. Worrell of the Atlanta Police Department were the lead investigators in the case.