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Defendant pleads guilty in Fitzgerald lottery murder case

District Attorney Brad Rigby says that Earnest Holcomb pled guilty on Friday to two counts of armed robbery, street gang terrorism and escape after he left the Ben Hill County Jail. / Photo: Ben Hill County Sheriff's Office

One of the seven connected to the death of Fitzgerald Lottery winner Craig Burch has pled guilty.

District Attorney Brad Rigby says that Earnest Holcomb pled guilty on Friday to two counts of armed robbery, street gang terrorism and escape after he left the Ben Hill County Jail.

Holcomb was sentenced to 20 years with 15 to serve for the armed robbery charges with 10 years to served concurrently for the street gang terrorism charge and five years to be served concurrently for the escape charge.

Rigby says that for accepting the guilty plea, other charges against Holcomb have been dropped after consultation with Burch's family. Rigby added that Holcomb was not in the house at the time of the murder, but rode along in the getaway car.

Three more defendants are expected to go on trial in January in connection to the murder.



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