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A Douglas County judge has sentenced Emanual Boykins to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the November 2010 stomping death of teen Bobby Tillman.

Boykins received the life sentence after pleading guilty. He would be eligible for parole after serving 30 years.

Tillman was beaten to death in front of a Douglasville house where two teenage girls were throwing a party to celebrate good grades. The case drew national attention and contributed to the national conversation about bullying.

Boykins, along with Tracen Franklin, Quantez Devonta Mallory and Horace Damon Coleman, were all charged in the killing. The teenage defendants were among several people who crashed what was to have been a party for about 10 teens.

Two girls who crashed the party started a fight in the house and it continued outside. At some point a girl hit a male at the party, but the male refused to strike the female and vowed to instead strike the next male who walked by.

The next male to walk by was Tillman. His heart was punctured during the beating, which led to his death.

Adding to the tragedy, Tillman’s mother, Monique Rivarde, said her son had asked for permission to go to the party after attending a church event on bullying. Rivarde and her two children had moved to Douglasville from Los Angeles only five months earlier.

Read more at the AJC. 


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