Malik Yarbrough sentenced to life without parole for 2020 murder of Donnell Brown

Booking photo provided by the Griffin Police Department


Malik Yarbrough, the Griffin man convicted in the 2020 murder of Robert Donnel Brown, has been sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Superior Court Judge Scott L. Ballard on Wednesday handed down the sentence following a lengthy sentencing hearing during which both the state and defense introduced evidence.

Convicted March 9, 2022, the jury in Yarbrough’s trial deliberated only 25 minutes before finding him guilty of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Yarbrough claimed he shot Brown in self-defense.

Brown, who sustained three gunshot wounds to the back, was killed July 14, 2020, in the front yard of a Melrose Avenue residence after what authorities described as an altercation involving multiple people resulting from a property dispute.

During the sentencing hearing, Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Marie Broder said, “This defendant has lived a significant life of crime already. If he gets out of prison, I believe he will kill someone else.”

After weighing both mitigating and aggravating factors, Ballard ultimately determined the defendant was “permanently incorrigible” due to his significant criminal history and lack of remorse for the crime.

Yarbrough, who was 16-years-old when he murdered Brown, was tried as an adult.

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