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Henderson sentenced to life for murder
Sylvester Leon Henderson

A Conyers man was sentenced to life by Judge Sidney Nation for in Rockdale County Superior Court on Thursday for the 2010 assault and killing of another Conyers man.

Sylvester Henderson, 37, of Conyers reportedly got into a brutal fight on October 19, 2010 with Derrick Brown, also of Conyers, that reportedly involved blows with a hammer and choking.

Henderson was charged with felony murder and aggravated assault. Previous charges of concealing the death and malice murder were dropped in the negotiated plea and entered as nolle prosecui.

According to Assistant District Attorney Kirk Thomas, under current parole conditions, Henderson could be up for parole in 30 years.

Both Henderson's family and Brown's family members were in the courtroom at the sentencing but neither side gave a statement. During the sentencing, Henderson's 19-year-old nephew reportedly became agitated. As court adjourned, the nephew walked out of the courtroom crying and punched the wall in the hallway, causing damage. The victim's family was lead out of the courtroom through a back entrance.

The nephew, identified as Cameron Holden of Covington, was put under arrest and charged with obstruction and interference with government property.

A co-defendant, Amanda Gayle Little, 28, of Oxford, also faces charges of murder for Brown's death. Little had reportedly given Brown a ride to perform errands that day and had brought him to Henderson's home.

Brown's body was found in a kudzu patch in Lawrenceville. 

Police received a call about a fight at 1419 Villa Pines Court, in the Forest Villa subdivision on Irwin Bridge Road, shortly after midnight on October 19, 2010. When officers arrived they found signs of an assault but did not find the resident.

A released statement described that "witnesses reported seeing someone loaded into the back seat of a car and the car fled the scene prior to officers arrival."

Investigators found an aquaintance of 1419 Villa Pines Court who led them to Brown's body in Lawrenceville.