After three days of testimony, an Oconee County jury found Decota Castle Brown guilty today in the death of his grandmother, Geraldine Castle, in March of 2019. The State was represented by Deputy Solicitor Jason Alderman and Sr. Assistant Solicitor Blair Stoudemire. The Honorable Perry Gravely sentenced Brown to 50 years for Murder, 15 years for Burglary 1st degree, and 5 years for Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime, with each sentence to be served consecutively. The defendant will not be eligible for parole.
On March 7, 2019, the defendant, Decota Castle Brown, and an accomplice entered the home of Brown’s parents with the intent to commit a burglary and steal firearms. Upon finding Brown’s grandmother in the home, Brown shot her three times. Mrs. Castle died four days later as a result of the gunshot wounds. Mrs. Castle was 73 years old. Brown and his accomplice were arrested two days after the shooting.
After the trial, Solicitor David Wagner stated, “This was a brutal crime made even more so by the relationship between the victim and the perpetrator. We want to thank the Seneca Police Department for their investigation and the jury for bringing this man to justice.”