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Man gets life plus 25 years for shooting 2 out-of-towners, killing 1 in Atlanta

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Using a ruse to buy drugs, a man shot two men from out of town, killing one of them, and then hijacked their vehicle in Atlanta. On Monday, 24-year-old Jonathan Nations was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole plus 25 years, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s office.

A jury convicted Nations of felony murder, aggravated assault, hijacking a motor vehicle and weapons offenses in the death of 35-year-old Bobby Swint and the shooting of 35-year-old Kenyatta Moss, spokeswoman Yvette Jones said.

The double shooting happened on June 20, 2012 in the 700 block of Reed Street in southeast Atlanta, Jones said. The men were in town to drive a friend back home to Macon when the shootings happened, she said.

They were waiting in their vehicle when Nations approached the men and offered to show them where they could purchase marijuana in exchange for a ride, Jones said. The men drove a few blocks away to Reed Street, which is a dead-end road where they were not able to find any drugs, she said.

As they were leaving the location Nations, who was a walking a few feet behind the men, fired four shots at the victims, Jones said. Swint was struck in the side of the face and later died as a result of his injuries, she said.

Moss attempted to run and was shot in the leg and foot, Jones said. Although, he was critically injured, he survived, she said. Nations then stole the victims’ money and car and fled the scene, officials said. Atlanta police later found the car stripped and abandoned.

Nations was arrested four days later in Talladega County, Ala. after being identified in a photographic lineup, Jones said. During the trial, he claimed he fired at the victims in self-defense but under cross-examination admitted intentionally shooting the men, prosecutors said. Also, the incident was partially captured on surveillance video.