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CONYERS — LeTron Jemone Bell, 42, will spend up to 50 years in prison after being found guilty June 21 of voluntary manslaughter in the January 2018 shooting death of his wife, Lisa LaShawn Samuel Bell.

According to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a domestic dispute at the Bells’ home at 4680 Habersham Way in Conyers just before noon Sunday, Jan. 22.

Authorities said Lisa Bell ran out of the home with Letron Bell following her into a nearby wooded area. The deputies pursued Letron Bell into the woods where they found Lisa Bell with a gunshot wound.

The deputies confronted Bell and he fired a shot at them. They shot him with a bean bag gun and took him into custody.

Bell had originally been charged with felony murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, two counts of aggravated assault against law enforcement and three counts of cruelty to children because there were three children between the ages of 7 and 17 inside the home at the time the violence began.

Following a weeklong trial in the courtroom of Rockdale County Superior Court Judge Robert Mumford, the jury reached a verdict about 7:30 p.m. Friday. In addition to finding Bell guilty of voluntary manslaughter (a lesser included offense of murder and felony murder), they also found him guilty of one count of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Judge Mumford sentenced Bell Monday morning to serve a total of 50 years in custody on all counts, the maximum sentence allowed.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Kirk Thomas and Assistant District Attorney Trevor Ogden. Bell was represented by attorney Avis Hornsby-Culpepper.

“The right to be tried by a jury of one’s peers is the cornerstone of the criminal justice system,” Rockdale County D.A. Alisha Johnson said after the sentencing. “Twelve members of this community have spoken. I will not speculate about the jury’s decision to find Mr. Bell guilty of the lesser included offense of voluntary manslaughter. I believe the state of Georgia presented a strong case and commend the hard work and efforts of Senior Assistant District Attorney Thomas and Assistant District Attorney Ogden during this trial. The state is pleased that Mr. Bell is being held accountable for causing the death of his wife, Lisa Bell, and his assault on law enforcement.”

Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.