AN aspiring rapper facing charges in connection to the triple murder at a country club in 2021 has avoided the death penalty.
Prosecutors hinted they would seek the death penalty in this case until Rhoden pleaded guilty to at least 16 of the 17 charges against him.
Siller, a professional golfer at the club was fatally shot near the 10th hole after he came across the crime already in progress, said Cobb County .
He wasn’t the initialbut was shot after witnessing a drug trafficking deal between Rhoden, Valdez, and Pierson.
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Rhoden flipped on Valdez, his supplier, and Pierson, his shipper, kidnapping them with the help of an accomplice.
Valdez and Pierson were found bound and gagged in the bed of a pickup truck on the green.
Prosecutors say Siller stumbled upon the scene when he walked down to the fairway to see if the Chevy had gotten stuck on the course.
“We know the defendant executed Gene and then opened the tailgate of the truck to unload the rest of the gunfire on Paul and Henry,” said Assistant District Attorney Stepanie Green during sentencing.
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After the murders, Rhoden went out for drinks with a female friend, according to text messages Green showed to the court.
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Ashley Siller, the widow of Gene Siller, spoke in court on Friday along with other members of the victims’ families.
“Casamigos, huh? Is that the ‘I just murdered three people’ cocktail of choice?” Siller asked in.
“It feels impossible to translate that debilitating sadness and agony feeling into words because the truth is, there are no words,” she continued.
Siller spoke to Rhoden directly, describing the pain of losing her beloved husband.
“Time heals, but broken don’t ever fully recover from something like this,” she said.
Siller also called Rhoden a monster as she addressed him.
“The lack of remorse is so insulting,” she said.
Pierson’s wife, Grace Bartlome, shared how his death has affected her.
“We are forever altered and our lives are not the same, nor will they ever be, for nothing will ever bring back my precious husband’s life,” she said.
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Rhoden was charged with three counts of malice murder, five counts of felony murder, two counts of kidnapping with bodily injury, three counts of aggravated assault, and two other less serious charges.
He originally pleaded not guilty in 2022.
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