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Man convicted of murdering gas station clerk receives life sentence

Avondale Estates Crime and public safety

Man convicted of murdering gas station clerk receives life sentence

Jail and booking photos of Rickey Westbrook, obtained from DeKalb County.
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Jail and booking photos of Rickey Westbrook, obtained from DeKalb County.

Jail and booking photos of Rickey Westbrook, obtained from DeKalb County.

A man convicted of killing a gas station clerk near Avondale Estates last July has been sentenced to life without parole, plus five years, the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office says.

In April, a jury found Rickey Dashun Westbrook guilty of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

The murder occurred shortly after 4 a.m. on July 13, 2015. Westbrook entered the Exxon gas station at 4104 Memorial Drive and shot Harry Wells, 54, as he was working the cash register. Westbrook fled but was quickly arrested. Police believe the two men had a dispute that led to the shooting.

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