Suspect in Deputy Death Pleads Guilty
A Macon man accused of killing Bibb County Deputy Joe Whitehead appeared in Superior Court before Judge Tillman Self III on Tuesday afternoon.
Damon Antwon Jolly plead guilty to one count of Felony Murder during a plea deal to avoid a death penalty trial. Judge Self sentenced Jolly to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Jolly is one of two men accused of gunning down Deputy Whitehead during a no-knock drug raid on Atherton Street in 2006.
Jolly had been facing the death penalty if convicted at trial. During Tuesday's sentencing, Jolly asked the family of the slain deputy to forgive him and said he never intended to kill Whitehead, who was a father of three.
Jolly’s trial was expected to begin after Thanksgiving in Savannah due to a change in venue request.
In June, Antron Fair plead guilty to the murder of Deputy Whitehead, receiving life in prison.