A Marietta man will spend 20 years in prison after being convicted of murder and other charges in the death of his ex-girlfriend’s fiance.
Patrick Lamar Burr, 41, who was sentenced Tuesday, admitted to killing Arthur “Dwayne” Moses Jr., 24, last Dec. 30, and took the stand during his late October trial to explain the events and his emotions leading up to the shooting.
Burr and his on-again, off-again girlfriend of 11 years, Fredericka Washington McCrary, had broken up in October 2012 but continued to talk. She moved back home with her mother on Griggs Street, and he went to the house Dec. 30 to give her money. He gave the money to her son, then left. Later in a phone call, McCrary indicated she was engaged to Moses. Burr then went back to the house where his ex-girlfriend and Moses were sitting in her car, which she had backed into the driveway.
Burr pulled his truck straight in to the driveway and got out with a loaded, .45-caliber handgun.
“I walked in front of my truck and started shooting,” he admitted on the stand.
Burr shot Moses five times in the back as he was trying to run away. Marietta Police arrested Burr at the scene, and he has been held without bond at the Cobb jail since.
Because jurors convicted Burr on Oct. 18 of voluntary manslaughter rather than malice murder, the court was required to sentence him on that charge. The jury also convicted him of felony murder and aggravated assault, as well as possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.
Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Jesse Evans led the prosecution for District Attorney Vic Reynolds’ office.
On Tuesday, Cobb Superior Court Judge Robert D. Leonard sentenced Burr to 25 years, with 20 years to serve in custody and five years on probation.