SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Two men have been sentenced to life in prison in the fatal shooting of a Savannah College of Art and Design student in a botched armed robbery and home invasion.
A jury of eight women, four men deliberated until late Thursday night. The verdict was reached Friday.
Alex Cowart, John Adams were found guilty of felony murder charges on Friday afternoon. They were sentenced soon after. Cowart received two life in prison sentences, which will run concurrently, plus 25 years. Adams received life in prison plus five years.
Investigators say Cowart, Adams and Daniel Izzo broke into 20-year-old Sean Giroir's Barnard Street home in October 2010. The men were armed and trying to steal money and marijuana, according to police. They argued and fought down the street and Giroir wound up shot to death, according to police.
Cowart was found not guilty of malice murder. He was found guilty of these charges: two counts of felony murder; possession of a firearm; two counts of aggravated assault; burglary; two counts of pointing a gun; armed robbery and pointing a gun during the commission of a crime.
Adams was found not guilty of malice murder and one count of felony murder, possession of a firearm; aggravated assault. He was found guilty of one count of felony murder; burglary; aggravated assault of pointing a gun at another person; pointing a gun at another person; using a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Attorneys for Cowart and Adams are filing an appeal for a new trial. They can appeal within 30 days or file motion for new trial within 30 days.
In testimony on Oct. 27, witnesses say Adams was in the getaway car. The defense claimed that Cowart shot Giroir in self defense. Izzo made a plea deal for testimony in the case.