Esprit v. GeorgiaAnnotate this Case
Appellant Brisean Esprit was convicted of felony murder; appellant Mark Jones was convicted of malice murder. Both were convicted of a firearm offense in connection with the shooting death of Maximillion Stevenson. Esprit’s sole contention on appeal was that his trial counsel provided ineffective assistance by failing to properly seek admission of statements favorable to Esprit that Jones made during Jones’s truncated attempt to enter a guilty plea just before trial. Jones’s sole contention was that the trial court erred by overruling his objection to similar transaction evidence. The Georgia Supreme Court concluded after review that both appellants’ contentions were meritless, so it affirmed the convictions in both cases.