Men plead guilty in execution-style deaths of pregnant woman, fiancé

ATLANTA — Two men will serve life in prison after they pleaded guilty to murder and kidnapping charges in the 2014 killing of a pregnant woman and her fiancé.

Channel 2's Tyisha Fernandes and Tom Jones were there as Richard Wilson and Andre Gay entered guilty pleas for murders of 21-year-old Jeronta Brown and 23-year-old Briana Brooks.

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Gay and Wilson were each sentenced to four consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. But the victim's families said it wasn't enough.

"We wanted the death penalty. Why should they live?" Myesha Brown told Channel 2 Action News. "That is a monster."

Gay, 44, and Wilson, 46, met in prison and were out on parole when they killed Brown and Brooks execution-style on Aug. 30, 2014, according to the District Attorney's Office.


Gay had been released from prison eight months before Brown and Brooks were killed, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections. He is serving a life sentence for a separate murder conviction, records show.

Wilson had been paroled twice since pleading guilty in 1991 to manslaughter and armed robbery and had gotten out of prison in May 2013 on a firearms charge. He is also serving time on an unrelated firearms charge, records show.

Investigators believe Gay and Wilson kidnapped the DeKalb County couple shortly after midnight because they believed a relative of Brown or Brooks had recently received an inheritance.

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution contributed to this report.