A Georgia man accused of killing two sheriff’s deputies pleaded guilty Thursday.
Christopher Golden pleaded guilty to manslaughter and aggravated assault in the September deaths of Cobb County Sheriff’s deputies Jonathan Koleski and Marshall Ervin, according to Cobb County District Attorney Flynn Brody. Fox Atlanta reported.
Brody said he decided not to seek the death penalty after speaking with the slain deputies’ families to spare them from going through the series of trials necessary to prosecute the case.
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“We have mutually decided to settle the criminal case with an indictment,” Brody said.
Gold faces consecutive sentences of life in prison without parole, plus 55 years.
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Erwin Jr. and Coleski were killed while apprehending a burglary suspect at a Marietta-area home, the sheriff’s office said. After a nearly four-hour standoff with law enforcement, Golden and another suspect, Christopher Cook, were arrested. Cook was charged with robbery, while Golden was charged with two counts of assault on an officer and murder.
Ervin Jr., 38, is a father of two who joined the sheriff’s office in 2012. Coleski, 42, is a US Army veteran who joined the force in 2007.
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Cobb County Sheriff Craig Owens said the killings of his deputies changed the lives of those in his office.
“Three months ago, our lives changed forever,” he said in a statement. “This is an emotional day for the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, the team of deputies on the scene, and everyone who served with and knew Deputies Marshall Ervin and Jonathan Koleski.”