Defendant pleaded guilty to his involvement in two murders and an armed robbery
Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the MURDER and ARMED ROBBERY conviction, by a non-negotiated guilty plea, of 23-year-old SHAKUR WRIGHT.
On April 16, 2016, 23-year-old Brentton Parks was walking to a food mart along Donnelly Avenue SW when he was confronted by two individuals he attended high school with including Shakur Wright. Wright and 23-year-old Derek Boston struck the victim in the face until he fell to the ground, and then they removed his cell phone from his pants pocket. Wright proceeded to brandish a handgun and fired several shots at Parks. A bullet grazed Parks’ head, but he survived the shooting. Wright and Boston fled the scene. (Boston’s case is still pending disposition)
On October 17, 2016, Shakur Wright was involved in one of the most horrific murders in recent Fulton County history. 33-year-old Christopher Dean was brutally sodomized and tortured by multiple gang members, including Wright, when they discovered that he was once a police witness in California. Dean died from a gunshot wound to the head, and then his body was stuffed in the trunk of a vehicle and dumped at the H.E. Holmes MARTA Station in Atlanta. Wright was responsible for the physical torture of Dean. Five of Wright’s co-defendant’s, in this case, were convicted of Murder and sentenced to Life in Prison.
At the time of the previous convictions, Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. said,
“In my opinion, this murder – with its torture which included a brutal beating, sodomy with a wooden or metal object, penile sodomy by one or ALL of the defendants, shooting of the victim to the back of the head and the partial decomposition of the body – represents the most horrific death in our County in recent history”
“My greatest fear is rather than our community focusing like a laser on the problem that is clearly at hand that we would make excuses, blame others and search blindly through the weeds for anecdotal, De Minimis, less compelling reasons for this violence, when the killers are obviously standing before us, in ritualistic coordinated colors, unmasked, unrepentant and looking to increase their territories and bounty through thefts and murderous violence. My greatest fear is that we would choose to do nothing and the violence would happen again and again.”
On October 28, 2016, 28-year-old Benjamin Thompson and his friend visited a home along Markone Street in Atlanta. During the visit, Thompson’s friend engaged in a fight with an associate of Shakur Wright. During the altercation, Wright brandished a handgun and shot Thompson in the chest. Thompson died at the scene. Wright was arrested that same evening in possession of a .40 caliber and .45 caliber handgun.
On February 6, 2020, Wright entered a non-negotiated guilty plea to all of the charges associated with the three crimes described above. Wright was sentenced to Two Life Sentences Plus 40 Years which amounts to 100 years to serve in prison.
WRIGHT entered a non-negotiated guilty plea and was convicted of MURDER, FELONY MURDER, PARTICIPATION IN ILLEGAL CRIMINAL STREET GANG ACTIVITY, ARMED ROBBERY, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, CONCEALING THE DEATH OF ANOTHER, TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE, and CRIMINAL ATTEMPT TO PURCHASE MARIJUANA.
Wright was sentenced to
(2) Life Sentences Plus 40 Years
Judge Rachelle L. Carnesale, 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 Deputy Chief Investigator Johnna Griffin and Victim-Witness Advocate Shayla Teamer of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Investigators T. Casey from the Atlanta Police Department and L. Whitestone from the MARTA Police Department were the lead investigators in these cases.