(ran SS edition of Metro & State)
A man accused of shooting a bystander in the back and stealing his shoes and shorts pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison.
James Allen Green, 27, of 3424 Sand Dune Lane had faced a possible life sentence if convicted of the first-degree murder and robbery charges.
On the evening of Aug. 11, Jarmon Jordan, 18, of 3806 Rivergrove Court, and his friends were sitting on their bikes at 15th Street and Giddens Avenue. Green and another person rode up on bikes, according to witnesses, and Jordan kept quiet. Without warning, Green opened fire. One bullet struck Jordan in the back and pierced his heart, according to police reports.
Green took Jordan's Nikes and jean shorts as he lay dying on the pavement. Detectives arrested Green the next day. They found the shoes and shorts in a nearby trash bin. Jail records show Green was on community control for aggravated battery and cocaine convictions in 1993.