Allen sentenced to life
Sherman Lamont Allen, 36, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole Thursday by Elbert County Superior Court Judge Jeff Malcom of the Northern Judicial Circuit.
Two weeks ago Allen was found guilty of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault and aggravated battery.
An Elbert County jury composed of eight women and four men found Allen guilty on all six counts.
Judge Malcom, Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White and Allen’s defense attorneys – Jim Smith of Athens and Bruce Harvey of Atlanta – met April 1 to discuss the sentencing before Malcom made his decision on the sentencing.
Allen was charged in the beating death of Treston Smith, who was 32 when investigators found him dead in the back parking lot of Pyramid Petro on the Athens Highway March 16, 2017.
“He was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole for the offense of malice murder,” White said Friday. “The convictions for all other counts merged into this count.”
White said Allen will not be eligible for parole consideration until 2047.
Allen left his job at Pilgrim’s in the early morning hours of March 16, 2017 and drove to the Huddle House to get something eat before finally driving out the Athens Highway to – according to his defense attorneys – “clear his head.”
But when he got to Pyramid Petro he found Smith in the car with his girlfriend, who was the mother of his three children, two of which Allen was the father.
The girlfriend drove away and Allen ran to Smith, White said in the two-week murder trial staged in the Elbert County Government Complex courtroom. A deadly fight began that led to the murder charges.
Allen turned himself in to the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office just a few hours after the incident, bringing the clothes he was wearing, including boots White said Allen used to kick Smith to death.