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Monday, April 2, 2012
Jury: Vernon Forrest death a murder

Associated Press

ATLANTA -- A Georgia jury has found a man guilty of murder in the death of former professional boxing champion Vernon Forrest.

The Fulton County jury on Monday convicted 28-year-old Jquante Crews, and a judge sentenced him to life in prison without parole plus 10 years. Forrest was fatally shot in July 2009.

Prosecutors say Forrest was robbed at gunpoint by Demario Ware, who has already been convicted in the case and sentenced to life in prison. Prosecutors say Ware fled with Forrest's championship ring and Rolex watch. As he chased Ware, Forrest encountered Charmon Sinkfield, the alleged gunman.

Prosecutors say Crews drove the getaway car.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Sinkfield.

Forrest, a native of Augusta, Ga., who lived in Atlanta, was a member of the 1992 Olympic team along with Oscar De La Hoya. Forrest later won welterweight and junior middleweight titles and compiled a professional record of 41-3 with 29 knockouts.