Macon – A Macon man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday after a jury found him guilty of a March 18. 2016, aggravated assault that led to the death of 24-year-old Tarus Fair.

The trial for Quintavious Marquez Hutchings, 25, began Tuesday in Bibb County Superior Court. Although grand jurors additionally indicted Hutchings on a felony murder charge, trial jurors did not find him guilty on that charge.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Nancy Scott Malcor and Assistant District Attorney Ben Conkling presented evidence during the trial showing:

On March 18, 2016, Hutchings went to a shot house on Cynthia Avenue where bootleg alcohol was sold. Only those 35 and older were allowed to go into the house. Hutchings, then-23, was denied entry.

Testimony showed Hutchings became angry, waved a gun in the air and threatened to shoot people inside the house. Just after 11:30 p.m., a man came outside and Hutchings pushed him. The man pushed back and Hutchings fell to the ground. A gun fell from Hutchings’ pants pocket. Hutchings picked up the gun and fired behind him as he ran away toward Houston Avenue. The other man, acting in self defense, returned fire and fatally shot Fair, a  bystander.

Speaking after the trial, District Attorney David Cooke said, “Mr. Hutchings tried to blame others for the deadly situation he created as he sought to settle a dispute with gunfire, endangering the lives of everyone around him. But, in the end, the jury agreed that he was the only one to blame for this senseless act of violence.”

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Contact: Amy Leigh Womack

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