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Roswell teen convicted of murder in 2017 shooting death in Forsyth County
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Re'Devon Hughes, right, listens during first arguments on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 in Forsyth County Superior Court. Hughes has been charged with murder in the 2017 shooting death of another local teen. - photo by Ben Hendren

A Roswell 16-year-old has been found guilty on Monday on multiple charges by a Forsyth County jury in the 2017 shooting death of a local teen.

Re’Deyon Hughes was found guilty of felony murder and two counts of aggravated assault for shooting and killing an 18-year-old as he fled the victim’s residence off Wondering Way in south Forsyth on Nov. 23, 2017.

In their verdict, the jury chose to acquit Hughes on one charge of malice murder.

Hughes was arrested for the shooting on the night of Nov. 23 after he was identified by witnesses at the scene and was located a short distance away carrying a 2-week-old infant.

At trial, Hughes was represented by attorneys Evan Watson and Jacob Stidham. The case was prosecuted by assistant district attorney Heather Dunn and presided over by Superior Court Judge David L. Dickinson.

Despite one charge being acquitted in the case, after the verdict was released Forsyth County District Attorney Penny Penn said that her office was pleased that the jury decided to convict Hughes on a felony murder charge.

Penn stated that under the law, the maximum sentencing Hughes could face is life with the possibility of parole for felony murder and 20 years for aggravated assault. Because Hughes is a minor, Penn said that he can’t be sentenced to a life sentence without the possibility of parole, as would normally be on the table for a felony murder conviction.

Hughes attorney Evan Watson later stated that the whole incident was beyond tragic, saying that they are ready to submit an appeal after his client is sentenced. 

“The case is a tragedy, it's always been," Watson said. "What happened in that house on Thanksgiving 2017 is a tragedy that will forever impact everybody involved, it will forever impact these families." 

Sentencing by Dickinson in this case will be held in courtroom 504 at 11 a.m. on Jan. 28.