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Midtown murder suspect found guilty, sentenced to life in prison

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

A judge sentenced Nkosi Thandiwe, 23, to spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury found him guilty of murdering a woman in a Midtown Atlanta parking garage.

Thandiwe was found guilty on all 11 counts which include murder, aggravated assault and carjacking after he admitted in court on Wednesday to killing Brittany Watts, 26, and stealing her car.

As Thandiwe drove away, he said he shot Lauren Garcia, 24, and Tiffany Ferenczy, 24, while they were walking across Crescent Avenue to a nearby restaurant on their lunch break.

Garcia was shot in the torso, and Ferenczy was shot in the calf.

Garcia's injuries left her paralyzed.

Thandiwe worked as a security guard in the parking garage where he killed Watts. He turned himself in to the police 6 hours and 15 minutes after the shootings.

Before the judge sentenced Thandiwe, she heard from the victims and some family members.

Garcia and Ferenczy asked the judge to send Thandiwe to prison for the rest of his life.

 "The past 18 months have taken me to the darkest places I've every been. Living in fear is my new normal. I wake up in panic and move throughout my day thinking every stranger is going to pull out a gun and shoot me," said Ferenczy.

Iilonga Thandiwe, Nkosi Thandiwe's father, asked the judge to give his son parole so he could get out one day and get help for what he said was an undiagnosed mental illness.

"Considering the heinous nature of the crime and a lack of a clear motive, we are left with two possibilities as I see it; either the defendant is evil or he is sick suffering from and undiagnosed mental illness," said Iilonga Thandiwe.

Iilonga Thandiwe said he son is not evil. He did not have a criminal record. He told the judge the day of the shootings on July 15, 2011, his son was supposed to help him clear out some brush in an area near a homeless shelter.

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