3 Grayson High Students Arrested in Slaying of Sampleton

Gwinnett Police believe robbery was the objective. The students were aware Sampleton traded in high-end sneakers.

Gwinnett County Police Department announced Friday (February 8) that three teens have been arrested in connection with the Dec. 19 murder of Paul Sampleton, 14, of Grayson. Officials say all three were fellow students at Grayson High School.

Arrested and in custody are Larnell Sillah, 15, charged with homicide, Romaine Stewart, 18, and Achiel Morgan, 15, both charged with armed robbery. Sillah and Morgan have both been charged as adults, according to officials.

"Detectives believe the motive for this crime was robbery," GCPD spokesman Jake Smith said in a press release. "The suspects knew that Paul Sampleton traded in high-end sneakers and possessed nice clothing and electronics."

Sampleton, a student at GHS, was discovered by his father bound and shot, at about 2:40 p.m. on the last day of school before the Christmas break.  

For more on this article, visit Loganville-Grayson Patch.

Gundoctor1 February 08, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Sure do wish I could be on this jury....... They still have the death penalty in GA don't they?
Realitysmack February 09, 2013 at 12:25 PM
gundoctr1, so you have already found them guilty and want to sentence them to death by only reading this article? Really?
Tammy Osier February 09, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Having worked with juveniles and gang members for a long time, I used to sit and listen to them talk about HOW they are going to commit a crime. They went to parties on the weekends (carrying weapons). These kids were from Grayson, so no poverty excuses. Gwinnett has more gangs than you probably are aware of. They don't come strictly from poverty areas anymore. That means that they are purely criminals, plotting and planning the destruction of others and deserve whatever sentence that will get them off the street away from law abiding citizens. So, whether these boys are guilty or someone else, thefacts remain that this type of stuff is happening more often than it should be. As the populations of any county grows, crime grows with it. But when it it mostly juvenile, there is a larger problem than just population growth.
Tammy Osier February 09, 2013 at 03:19 PM
I do wonder sometimes if parents really listen to and watch the stuff their kids are exposed to on TV and in their music. Videos glorify the gangster lifestyle and make it look glamorous and exciting. Unfortunately, when these wannabes take to the streets, and then end up in prison, they find out the hard way that life is not a video. As a parent, I monitored what came on Tv in my home. I couldn't keep my kids from seeing and hearing it elsewhere, buty they knew what their family convictions were and hopefully, had those convictions follow them if they ever decided to check it out at someone elses house. I remember in High School, having a hard time enjoying the "off limits" stuff that I got involved in occasionally. I finally realized one day, that I just wasn't like them. I had a conscience - they didn't.


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