A man who burglarized the home of Atlanta Braves legend Hank Aaron last year was sentenced to 50 years, but only eight of those years will be served behind bars, officials said Monday.
Isiah Slaton, 24, pleaded guilty to burglary and theft by taking in the July 14 incident that took place when Hank and Billye Aaron were out of town, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.
Slaton and two other men disabled the alarm system and entered the home, which they ransacked while stealing countless jewelry including several baseball rings Mr. Aaron had intended to donate to the Hall of Fame, the district attorney’s office spokeswoman Yvette Jones said. The men also stole the victims’ two BMW’s and then fled the scene, Jones said.
One car was located the next morning about a mile away from the home and the other vehicle was located in neighboring Cobb County, prosecutors said. The vehicles had not been stripped, though Slaton and his accomplices did attempt to disable the ‘LoJack’ system, Jones said.
Aaron was notified by his alarm company that there was a disturbance at his home and he sent a neighbor over to investigate, prosecutors said. That neighbor then called police.
The baseball player said he felt ‘violated’ by the crime and that the items that were stolen from him were simply ‘priceless.’
Jury selection is set to begin Tuesday for co-defendant Amir Coleman and the case against Edward Buford, a third co-defendant, is still pending, Jones said.
Man Shot to Death at Nightclub Identified
Police have identified the 38-year-old man who was shot to death at a nightclub in Sandy Springs. And they have released a photo of the vehicle that was seen leaving the scene shortly after the shooting.
They are hoping someone will recognize it and help identify the driver, who they are calling a person of interest in the shooting.
The victim was identified as Paul Anthony Santos, of 2341 Dunwoody Crossing in Brookhaven, according to Sandy Springs police. Police are still trying to determine who shot him and why.
The shooting happened around 2 a.m. at the Taboo 2 Night Club at 6075 Roswell Road, police spokesman Capt. Steve Rose said.
It’s unclear who found the man and whether or not anyone witnesses the shooting. The 38-year-old man was transported to the North Fulton Hospital where he died of multiple gunshot wounds, Rose said.
The only information police has on a possible suspect is that of man who left the scene in a Sedan.