Man gets 55 years for murderPublished 10:33pm Friday, May 10, 2013
A Suffolk man was sentenced Friday to 55 years in prison for the murder of a 60-year-old woman last July.
George Eure III, 25, also got 14 years on top of that when Judge William R. Savage revoked four suspended sentences for other crimes, meaning he will serve a total of 69 years.
The son, brother and grandchildren of Amelia Lou Mustin testified about how her murder has affected them. Mustin was found stabbed about 75 times July 11 inside her Woodruff Street home.
“That’s when my life turned to hell,” said William Sorey of the moment he had to identify his mother’s body. He described seeing the crime play out in his mind’s eye. “Every now and then, it still gets me.”
Mustin’s grandson, Jamonte Jordan, said his son was born shortly after his grandmother’s death.
“I have to find a way to explain why he never gets to meet none of his grandparents — one because she was taken from us,” he said. “I have to explain that to my son, and I barely understand it myself.”
Mustin’s brother, Robert McBroom Sr., said he has trouble sleeping and still keeps her picture nearby at all times.
“I haven’t really found peace to myself yet,” he said.
Eure’s stepmother, who raised him since the age of 3 or 4, also spoke during the hearing.
Leona Eure said her stepson struggled in school but otherwise was a “normal child” who went to church and sang in the choir.
Both George Eure and his brother started getting into trouble, she said, when George was about 13 and their biological mother came to see them and promised them Christmas gifts.
“Christmas came — nothing,” Eure said. The boys soon started acting out, and she took them to counseling.
“I raised him 20 years and did the best I could,” she said. “I really am sorry for the family. My heart goes out to the family. But that’s not the George I know.”
George Eure spoke up just before the sentencing.
“I know it’s not going to bring her back, but I do apologize for that act,” he said. “I feel bad about it, because her family members never did nothing to me, and she never really did nothing that bad for me to do her like that.”
Prosecutors believe Mustin had taken Eure in when he had nowhere else to go, and he turned violent when she asked him to leave.
Defense attorney Richard Davis attempted to mitigate Eure’s actions by pointing out that he was abandoned by his biological mother and pleaded guilty to the crimes.
“We didn’t have trial on this case to subject the family to further pain,” he said. “When this is all over, there will be two people who will be dead. The prison system is not designed to keep people alive for 55 years.”
Prosecutor Will Jamerson rebutted the argument.
“Prison is not meant to be pleasant,” he said. “It’s meant to be punitive. When you take someone’s life, you deserve the consequences.”
Just before he pronounced the sentence, Savage noted Eure has had 59 criminal charges since 2004.
“Clearly, he is a danger to the community,” Savage said.