2014-12-17 / For The Record

Gunman gets 20 years in Club 358 murder

By Anne Marie Kyzer

The gunman who killed a young Waynesboro man at a birthday party at Club 358 was sent to prison for 20 years.

Brandon Mickens, 21, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the 2012 death of 24-yearold Rockregas Sursson. Mickens was initially indicted for mur- der but the charge was lessened in a plea negotiation. Mickens also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Superior Court Judge Cal C. Brown sentenced Mickens to 20 years in prison and another five on probation.

According to investigators with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, Sursson was shot in the back around 2 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 as he went to his car to get a CD. He was rushed to Georgia Regents Medical Center but died while being prepped for surgery.

Mickens had fled the crime scene but turned himself in later that day.

After his arrest for murder, he was held without bond at the Burke County Jail, where he committed two more crimes while an inmate there.

Mickens pleaded guilty to possession of drugs by an inmate and possession of a telecommunications device by an inmate.

Judge Brown added 10 years to his probation for those charges.

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