Macon – A judge sentenced a Macon man to a life in prison without the possibility of parole Friday, a day after Bibb County jurors found him guilty of murder in the 2018 shooting death of Jim Julian Baldwin II.
A trial for Tirell Darnell Mitchell, 27, began Tuesday in Bibb County Superior Court. Jurors returned their verdict Thursday, finding Mitchell guilty of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The judge also sentenced Mitchell to an additional five years in prison consecutive to the life sentence for the gun charge.
During the three-day trial, prosecutors Shelley Milton and Jonathan Gordon presented the following evidence:
Witnesses testified that Mitchell’s girlfriend was at a relative’s home on Berkner Avenue on the night of April 13, 2018. She and Mitchell had argued earlier in the day. Later that night, Mitchell arrived and found her at the house with the 44-year-old Baldwin and some friends. An argument ensued as people in the house told Mitchell to leave.
Witnesses said Mitchell was angry and refused to leave or to allow Baldwin to leave. Baldwin and Mitchell began to tussle. Then Mitchell shot Baldwin in the leg at close range.
After being shot, Baldwin ran toward his sister’s house around the corner on Saint Claire Street. He collapsed at the driveway entrance. Bibb County deputies and an ambulance crew were called just after 1 a.m. on April 14, 2018. Baldwin died at a local hospital shortly after his arrival.
Mitchell was charged with murder later that day.
Speaking after the sentencing, District Attorney David Cooke said, “In a moment Mr. Mitchell tore a hole in Mr. Baldwin’s family that will take a lifetime to heal. Now he will have the rest of his life to contemplate the pain and suffering he caused.”
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