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Little pleads guilty in murder trial
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Amanda Little provided letters she exchanged with Sylvester Henderson to Rockdale County District Attorneys helping to lead to her guilty plea on Monday.

Little, 27, of Oxford pled guilty to aggravated assault and concealing the death of another person in the 2010 murder of a Conyers man, Derrick Brown.

According to Rockdale County Assistant District Attorney Kirk Thomas, Little receiving and sending mail while Henderson and her were incarcerated in the Rockdale County jail.

"She provided us with all the letters he had sent her and prepared to testify against him," Thoams said.

Due to her cooperation, along with Henderson saying she did not have any involvement in killing Brown, the District Attorney's Office agreed to drop charges of malice murder and felony murder, and was sentenced to 20 years to serve 13 on the aggravated assault charges and to serve 10 years confinement on the concealing death charge to run in concurrent with the other charge.

"Based on all Mr. Henderson said and her cooperation and assisting in the matter we felt this was a fair and appropriate way to handle the case," Thomas said.

Little told attorneys that she was being paid by Brown to run errands, and on the October day of his murder was being strung along when she was trying to visit her son at Scottish Rite Hospital.

Little then called Henderson who came over, and that is when Brown was struck in the head twice with a hammer. Henderson then brought Brown outside, and caused the injury to his throat that was the cause of death.

Brown was then put into Little's car, and, according to Thomas, Little drove them on a "somewhat surreptitious rout to Gwinnett County where his body was rolled down an embankment into a patch of kudzu."

Henderson was sentenced to life for the murder of Brown, but the District Attorney's Office believes Little did not participate in the murder.

"She denies helping him with that," Thomas said. "There's not really much evidence showing Ms. Little participated in taking him out (of the car). She admits obviously to driving."