Teen Who Killed Man For $3 Gets Life

Published On: Oct 14 2011 02:15:10 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 07 2010 02:13:55 AM EDT

A 16-year-old who stabbed a man to death to rob him of $3 was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole.

Thomas Partlow, convicted of murder, was one of three teens involved in the death of 49-year-old Grady Williamson, who was robbed on Oakhurst Avenue in January. He died at a hospital the next day.

Gibson Wright III, 17, and Marvin Clark, 15, each pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and robbery in July. Wright was sentenced to 30 years in prison and Clark received a 25-year sentence.

Partlow had a long history of violent crime as a teen and was in and out of jail and mental health facilities, his family members testified at the sentencing hearing.

Partlow's family said it could never get the help he needed, and they said he should be going to a psychiatric facility, not prison.

Prosecutors said Williamson was a random robbery target. Police said the teens decided to rob Williamson for gas money.

Prosecutors said all three of the teens held Williamson down and robbed him. Williamson was on the way to meet up with one of his brothers, according to family members.

Relatives said Williamson had three children and five grandchildren. They said he did a variety of jobs, but spent most of his time taking care for his elderly mother.

"At first I was confused and sad. Then I became angry," Art Williamson, Grady's brother, said in the days after the killing. "When I found out it was over $3 and they were just running around trying to rob people, I became angry.

"What made me angry about the whole situation is that it was senseless," he said.


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