Second man found guilty of December 2014 Monroe murder

Last week, a Walton County jury returned a guilty verdict in the second man charged in the Dec. 21, 2014, murder of Quintaurus “Goat” Brooks. The Walton County District Attorney’s Office announced that Mario Sullivan was convicted of  Malice Murder, Felony Murder, Attempted Armed Robbery, 1st Degree Home Invasion, Aggravated Assault, and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon During a Crime. The jury took less than an hour to return with the verdict. Sullivan was sentenced to Life plus 60 years.

This is the second conviction in the murder of Brooks. Ellis Smith pleaded guilty on Aug. 8, 2018 to Felony Murder, Attempted Armed Robbery, 1st Degree Home Invasion, and related Firearms Charges. He was sentenced to life in prison.

According to the District Attorney’s office, Smith and Sullivan had been sentenced previously for a January 2015 home invasion and armed robbery that occurred in Floyd County Georgia.

Monroe Public Safety Director Keith Glass announced that arrests have been made in the armed robbery and murder on Dec. 21, 2014 of Quintarious Brooks, 27, of Hardwood Drive, Monroe. One suspect in the armed robbery is still missing and is considered armed and dangerous.

Brooks was shot by an armed intruder in a home invasion at his Windsor Drive home a few days before Christmas. The attackers reportedly kicked the door in, claiming to be DEA agents. According to the Monroe Police Department at the time, a struggle ensued and Brooks was shot. He was transported to what was still at that time Clearview Regional Medical Center. but passed away from his injuries.

Sullivan and Smith, both from the Stone Mountain area, were subsequently charged with Armed Robbery and Felony Murder in the robbery and shooting death of Brooks. Sullivan and Smith were served at the Floyd County Jail where they were incarcerated on non-related felony charges.

The Walton County case was prosecuted by Chief Assistant District Attorney Randy McGinley, Assistant District Attorney Nicole Roddenbery, Investigator Eric Yarbrough, Victim Services Director Kim Kelly, Victim Advocate Kerie Garrett, and Legal Assistant Karen Boss. The murder was investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Monroe Police Department, and the Walton County District Attorney’s Office.

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