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Man sentenced in Jerrick Jackson murder trial

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ATLANTA, Ga. -
A young man found "not guilty" of murdering the brother of a high-profile Atlanta pastor was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday morning for other charges.

A Fulton County jury reached a verdict in the Jerrick Jackson murder case Wednesday. Jurors ruled Morgan 'not guilty' in the death. However, they found Morgan guilty of gang activity, armed robbery and aggravated assault.

Jackson is the brother of Gospel Tabernacle Cathedral founder Bishop Wiley Jackson who gunned down last year after a group of teens robbed and killed him in front of his East Point home.

The Fulton County jury deliberated for about three hours Tuesday evenings in the trial of 18-year-old Demetrius Morgan.

Morgan took the stand Tuesday to deny the murder charges against him as well as the prosecution’s claims that he and the other defendants are members of a gang.

The teenager who authorities believe was the getaway driver testified he didn’t know his friends had set out to rob and kill Jackson.

Prosecutors say Jackson who was a CSX train conductor was defending his family when he was shot and killed in his own home on Lowe Street in East Point.

During his testimony, Morgan claimed the group was headed to a friend's relatives house but he realized otherwise when his friends unloaded his car and drew their weapons at Jackson's home.

The defendant testified he had only expected to "chill, talk and smoke weed" the day Jackson was brutally murdered, in front of his fiancée, on his front porch.

In closing arguments, prosecutor Gabe Banks told the jury that the gang was trying to rob Jackson when “he bucked and at some point, they shot and killed him.”

But defense attorney April Northcross argued Morgan is not in a gang.

She told the jury the defendant was just 16-years-old and hanging out with friends when Jackson was killed.

During proceedings Monday, one of the men charged in the case testified for the prosecution.

18-year-old Alejandro Pitts told the jury that the group of 5 followed Jackson home to rob him in May 2013.

Pitts said he stood on the porch of the home while two others killed Jackson inside his home.

An attorney for Pitts says his client who reached a plea deal with prosecutors is "risking his life to give this testimony" and believes inmates in the Fulton County Jail will attempt to retaliate against him for "snitching."

All of the defendants are charged with murder, armed robbery and gang-related charges.

Stay with FOX 5 News for updates at noon.

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