- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) - An 18-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a well-known Atlanta community leader has pleaded guilty.

News outlets report Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. said Eric Banks Jr. was sentenced to 35 years in prison without the possibility of parole after accepting a plea bargain Monday for charges in connection with the April 2016 death of 70-year-old Barney Simms.

Simms was found dead in his yard with his front door unlocked and black Lexus, wallet and television missing. Banks was arrested five days later.

Simms was a former chairman of the Atlanta Housing Authority and Fulton County Division of Family and Children Services advisory board. He had been commended twice by the State of Georgia’s Secretary of State office as an outstanding Georgia citizen.

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