HENRY COUNTY, Ga. — A man who pleaded guilty to killing two women and then burying their bodies behind a busy Henry County shopping center will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Channel 2 Action News was in court Tuesday as the victims’ friends and families told the judge that the killer, Dennis Lane, deserves life in prison without parole.
Lane, 42, entered a guilty plea Tuesday in Henry County Superior Court to two counts each of malice murder, felony murder and concealing the death of another. He also pleaded guilty to one count each of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a felon, necrophilia and tampering with evidence.
Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes was in the courtroom as the victims’ mothers poured out their hearts to the judge, begging him to give the confessed killer life without parole.
Lane killed Conteshia McCoy and Mirsha Victor in July and buried their bodies behind a shopping plaza.
In Tuesday’s hearing, the families finally had the chance to face Lane.
Mirsha Victor’s mother, Marie Elien, spoke first.
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“I will never see Mirsha’s face again. Never hear Mirsha’s voice coming into the house to cheer me up, to have fun with her siblings, checking up on them. It’s unbearable,” Elien said. “I will not see her graduate from college, not have a chance to give her baby shower. I will not have any grandchildren from her.”
Several family members and friends of Victor’s spoke next.
Conteshia McCoy’s mother, Cocoa McCoy, could barely speak.
“He was the only person on my suspect list. As time passed, I came to terms that I would never see my daughter again. My heart had been ripped out of me on Feb. 13, 2021. A piece of me died when she left. When Dennis took Conteshia away from me, he took a lot from the whole family,” Cocoa McCoy said. “All I got from the GBI when they released her, was her skeletal remains. That’s all I have, is a picture and my memories I have of my daughter.”
The last person to speak was Conteshia’s 11-year-old brother. He said a few words, but what came out mostly were tears.
Fernandes said as far as she could tell, Lane showed no expression as the judge sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Charges are still pending against Lane’s co-defendants, Cleounsee Fisher, 41, and Ronisha Preckwinkle, 40. Both are charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, concealing the death of another and tampering with evidence in relation to Victor’s death.
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