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Man Gets Life in Prison Without Parole for Bobby Tillman's Murder

In 2010, 18-year-old Bobby Tillman was beaten to death outside of a house party for no apparent reason.

Four men have been charged with the attack. On Friday morning, Tracen Franklin, one of Tillman's assailants, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for his role in the beating, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Here's what led up to the attack:

On Nov. 6, 2010, the parents of two high school girls hosted a party at their Douglas County home. However, the party soon became too big to control. Several girls started fighting. One of them reportedly hit Franklin's friend, Emanuel Boykins.

Boykins didn't want to hit a girl, so he, Franklin, and two others decided to "pop" the first male they saw, according to prosecutors. That happened to be Tillman.

Tillman was sitting on a friend's car parked near the driveway when the four men approached him. According to witnesses, Boykins, Franklin, and two friends began punching Tillman until he was balled up on the pavement. The 30-second attack lacerated Tillman's heart, causing him to bleed to death.

In April, Boykins pleaded guilty to murder in order to avoid the death penalty. He's currently serving a life sentence, but could be considered for parole in 30 years. Tillman is facing life in prison without parole. Charges are still pending against the other two men involved in the attack.

In addition to the criminal charges, Tillman's family may want to file a wrongful death suit against their son's assailants. A wrongful death suit is usually brought by the family of a person who was killed due to the negligence, recklessness, or deliberate acts of another person.

Boykins and Franklin's recent convictions would probably prove to be useful evidence in civil suits against the two men. If successful, Tillman's relatives could recover damages for any medical expenses, funeral costs, and the loss of parental consortium.

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