Marietta motel armed robber gets 8 years in prison
Cobb District Attorney Flynn Broady Jr. announced that Lawrenceville man Dejaun Davelle Morris has pleaded guilty to a 2020 armed robbery at a Cobb motel and will serve eight years in prison. Morris, 26, was accused of committing the robbery at a Motel 6 on Delk Road in Marietta in the early morning of February 2, 2020.
The case stemmed from Morris and co-defendant, Boyce Newsome, who made an appointment with a sex worker at the motel. The two stormed the room where they had scheduled the meeting with an AR-15, demanding money.
According to Broady’s office, two women were in the room but neither had any money. After finding no money, Morris and Newsome told the women to get someone there for them to rob. While contacting a patron, one of the women texted a friend who called 911.
According to the DA, a man then walked into the room and was physically beaten and robbed by the two men, who switched off handling the AR-15 throughout the encounter. Multiple MPD and CCPD officers responded within minutes and apprehended Morris and Newsome, who had hidden the AR-15 under a mattress in the room.
Newsome pled guilty back in October 2021 to one count of armed robbery, two counts of false imprisonment, one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Nearly a year and a half later, his crime partner Morris pled guilty to the same set of charges as Newsome. Superior Court Judge Sonja Brown sentenced Morris to eight years to serve, followed by 12 years on probation, which was the same sentence Newsome received in 2021 from Superior Court Senior Judge Robert Flournoy.