Gang member sentenced to life without parole in murder case

Bibb County Superior Court Judge Howard Simms Used Bernard Bullard's Facebook Post During Sentencing.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Bibb County Superior Court Judge Howard Simms sentenced convicted gang member, Bernard Bullard, to life in a state penitentiary without parole.

March 15, a jury found Bullard guilty of killing 18-year old John Johnson in April.

Judge Simms told Bullard, 25, Macon residents are tired of gangs. The judge added, residents are living behind burglar bars in fear of gang activity.

"But it's gangs that need to be behind bars," said Simms, who showed Bullard
copies of Bullard's facebook posting, which was filled with profanity.
"These are not someone else's words these are your words," said Simms.

Bibb County prosecutor DeShala Dixon said Johnson's mother, who was in the court room during the sentencing, will never see her son again.

"I feel the sentence of the judge was very appropriate as I stated in my sentencing appeal to the judge, Macon is tired of gang violence," said Dixon."We need to have a stop to it. We need to send a message to these violent gangs and I believe that the judge did that by sentencing him to life without the possibility of parole."

Judge Simms sentenced Bullard to 15 years in a state penitentiary for violating Georgia's Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act. He also sentenced him to five years for possession of a firearm.
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