Woman on parole in 2005 slaying of Athens teen charged for fraud, theft at local Walmart

A woman on parole for participating in the 2005 slaying of an Athens teen who was stabbed through the neck with a fireplace poker was arrested Saturday afternoon on theft and fraud charges.

 

According to the Clarke County Jail website, 34-year-old Lashondra Irrelia Hughes of West Carver Drive was booked into the jail at 8:57 p.m. on two counts each of felony theft by taking, financial transaction card theft and financial transaction card fraud. The website indicates that the Georgia Department of Pardons and Paroles placed a hold on her release from custody.


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Hughes and her brother, Isiah, were both convicted in 2007 on charges that stemmed from the slaying of 17-year-old Marcus Chester in his Huntington Road home in May 2005.

Authorities said at the time that Lashondra and Isiah Hughes, attacked Chester during a fight over drugs. Police called the teen a small-time marijuana dealer.

After the two men began fighting, Lashondra allegedly stabbed Chester with a kitchen knife, and when the struggle moved into the victim’s bedroom, Isiah Hughes killed Chester by stabbing him through the neck with a poker, officials said.

Lashondda Hughes avoided trial and a possible life sentence by entering into a plea agreement in which she admitted to the lesser crimes of aggravated assault, tampering with evidence and making false statements. Clarke County Superior Court Judge David Sweat sentenced her to 11 years in prison and 29 more on probation.

Lashondra Hughes received was released from Arrendale State Prison in December 2010, one month after becoming eligible for release. If she had served her full sentence, she would have remained in prison until March 2018.

Isiah Hughes was sentenced to 20 years in prison and 20 years on probation for killing Chester.

He had actually begun trial in August 2007, but it abruptly ended when he decided to take a plea bargain as his sister had done, admitting to voluntary manslaughter and related crimes.

Isiah Hughes is currently incarcerated at the Riverbend Correctional Facility in Milledgeville. His maximum release date is in 2025.

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