Georgia Man Sentenced To Life Behind Bars For Death Of Boy Forced To Hold Paint Cans In Heat

| by Dominic Kelly

A man convicted for the cruel beating death of his girlfriend’s 12-year-old brother has been sentenced to life in prison plus 50 years.

Reports say that 32-year-old Omar Andrew Pitts of College Park, Georgia pleaded guilty to murder, felony murder, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated assault, and child cruelty in the beating death of 12-year-old Jay’tavious Mahone. On June 17, 2010, Mahone was reportedly forced to stand outside in the sweltering heat for several hours and hold paint cans as punishment for taking his shoes off after being told not to. During his punishment, the 12-year-old was also forced to wear and dress and makeup.

“Young Jay’tavious frequently complained of thirst and fatigue and eventually collapsed and passed out after several hours in the sun,” the DA’s office reportedly wrote in a recent email, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

After hours standing in the heat, the young boy collapsed, and Pitts reportedly began mercilessly kicking and beating the boy as he was motionless on the ground.

“He was just kicking the boy, kicking the boy up in the head,” Hakim Deen, a neighbor and witness, said. “Eight or nine times, he kicked him. The boy got up and then passed out.”

Police and paramedics were later called when the 12-year-old suffered a heat stroke, and upon arriving at the hospital, he died.

Immediately following Mahone’s death, Pitts and the victim’s sister, Sabrina Powell, were arrested.

Pitts will now spend the rest of his life behind bars, and Powell is currently in jail awaiting trial.

Sources: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post / Photo Sources: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, My Fox Atlanta