UPDATE: Man sentenced to 20 years in 2015 Macon apartment kidnapping
MACON, Ga. -- Macon man Steve Anthony Fort, 22, was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison Tuesday. This comes two weeks after a Bibb County jury found him guilty of kidnapping a woman in 2015.
Fort was convicted of forcing a woman to drive him away from Macon’s Pendleton Homes in July 2015, as police were arriving after receiving a report that Javoris Butler, 29, had been shot. Butler later died.
“Mr. Fort will pay a heavy price for the actions that led to his conviction, even if the trauma he inflicted made it difficult to prove all that he did that day,” District Attorney David Cooke said Tuesday after the sentencing.
FRIDAY, JAN. 26
Jurors have found 22-year-old Steve Anthony Ford guilty of kidnapping a woman in 2015, forcing her to drive him away from Macon’s Pendleton Homes on Houston Ave.
Fort will be sentenced at a later date. He could face up to 20 years in prison without the possibility of parole.
On Thursday, the murder trial of Fort continued into its third day. Fort was charged in the July 2015 robbery and shooting death of then at the Pendleton Homes.
Prosecutors called several additional witnesses, including a Bibb Sheriff's investigator who told jurors he was able to connect Fort to the shooting and robbery by a facebook photo on Fort's facebook page. In the photo prosecutors say Fort was seen wearing the same sports hat that was also left in the back seat of a victim's car.
In day two of the trial, a woman testified that Fort allegedly got out of her car and ran into a wooded area after throwing six hundred dollars into her front seat and leaving a sports hat behind. Speed said she and her male friend tossed in the parking lot of a nearby McDonalds restaurant.
In his cross examination of the Bibb Sheriff's detective, Fort's defense attorney Clinton Wheeler pointed out that Fort's DNA was not found on the hat and that Fort was forthcoming in providing detectives with a DNA sample.
In his cross examination of the Bibb Sheriff's detective, Fort's defense attorney Clinton Wheeler said three eye witnesses at the scene said the shooter was wearing a white 'a frame' t-shirt.
They had initially secured an arrest warrant for a different suspect.