On Wednesday, four men pleaded guilty to the beating death of 34-year-old Zach Gamble, a former U.S. Marine and veteran of two tours of duty in Iraq.
On March 25, 2012, a taxi driver found Gamble lying unconscious in the parking lot of a Cobb County apartment complex.
Gamble was attacked as he left a friend’s birthday party at the Concord Chase Apartments, according to court documents.
He was transported to a hospital in Marietta, with severe head injuries. Gamble never regained consciousness and was removed from life support two weeks after the attack.
Gamble left behind his 7-year-old son, Luke.
Arthur Lynell Batchelor, 37, of Acworth; Jason Scott Hill, 35, and Tarell Winston Secrest, 36, both of Marietta; and Sean DGene Hall of Atlanta, 38, all pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault.
Before the four were sentenced, Gamble's family members were allowed to address the court...
My pain never eases, it never goes numb, it can't go numb, because I'm raising the little boy who is a reminder every day of the loss we both suffer now,” said Gamble’s ex-wife Marlee Miller.
“You cowards all jumped him when his back was turned away, Zach was a good man, He went to war for your freedom,” said Gamble’s sister Nickie Gamble.
All four assailants were sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Despite the obvious racial overtones as well as the vicious nature of this case, no hate crime charges were ever filed against the defendants.