The 27-year-old man shot and killed his father after his dad told him to get a job or move out of the family home he was living at. The defendant shot his father in the basement of the family’s home. He first shot his father in the shoulder, before proceeding to shoot his father between the eyes, prosecutors said. After he shot his dad, he called 911 and told the dispatcher that someone broke in and shot his father. But, he later told his mother and sister that he had killed his father.
The 27-year-old defendant from Georgia, Daniel Attaway, was sentenced to 25 years in prison followed by 25 years of probation. On Wednesday, Attaway pleaded guilty but mentally ill to one count of malice murder, per reports.
Prosecutors said that his sentence includes required mental health supervision for all 50 years, according to AJC.
Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Paul Camarillo released the following statement:
“This is such a tragic case. This family was irrevocably changed by Attaway’s actions. Hopefully, the healing process can now begin for this family.”
According to the court documents, the defendant reportedly shot his 59-year-old father, Douglas Attaway, in the basement of the family’s home in September 2018.
The 27-year-old man first shot his father in the shoulder, before proceeding to shoot execution-style his father between the eyes.
Prosecutors said that the shooting occurred after the 59-year-old victim reportedly told his son to get a job, or move out of the family home he was living at.
The defendant called 911 and told the dispatcher that someone had shot and killed his father.
“Somebody has entered my house when I was away and they shot my father. He is dead.” the son told dispatchers, according to the 911 call.
But, authorities said the defendant later told his mother and sister that he had killed his father, per reports.
Prosecutors said that the murder weapon was found in the woods near the family’s home. Investigators also found evidence of gunshot residue on Daniel Attaway’s clothes.
The defendant was originally ruled mentally incompetent but was later determined to be fit to stand trial.