A 20-year-old Brookhaven man was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of another man in 2014 in the city’s first homicide case.

Juan Ramirez

Juan Carlos Ramirez was sentenced to life plus five years in DeKalb County Superior Court on Friday, June 17, for the murder of Justin Acevedo on July 31, 2014 , according to a press release issued by the Brookhaven Police Department.

On July 31, 2014, the Brookhaven Police Department responded to reports of a person shot on North Cliff Valley Way at Coosawattee Drive just before noon. Officers located 22-year-old Justin Acevedo with a gunshot wound to the chest lying on the side of the roadway. The victim was transported by ground to an Atlanta area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Juan Carlos Ramirez was also found guilty in two additional charges: possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, both felony charges. Ramirez may be eligible for parole in 30 years, according to the BPD.

This homicide investigation was the city police department’s first and came on the one-year anniversary of the creation of the Brookhaven Police force.

The city has only had one other homicide, on November 28, 2015. The suspect, Carlos Eduardo Morales Gallardo, 21, was apprehended and charged in the killing of his relative, Nicolas Morales Garcia. Gallardo remains jailed awaiting trial, according to Officer Carlos Nino, spokesperson for the BPD.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.