Ga. man sentenced to life in prison for killing Black Gay Pride attendee

Derrick Burden Staff Reports

ATLANTA — A Georgia man convicted in the deaths of two men he robbed and shot in an Atlanta town home has been sentenced to two life prison terms.

Derrick Burden

Derrick Burden

Fulton County, Ga., District Attorney’s spokeswoman Yvette Jones said 24-year-old Derrick Burden was convicted Friday in the slayings of 21-year-old Samuel Blizzard and 26-year-old Calvin Streater, and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Jones said Streater was visiting from North Carolina to celebrate Black Gay Pride weekend in September 2010 when he met Burden at a local store.

Jones said Burden visited the town home where Streater was staying and later returned to rob him.

Blizzard’s body was found slumped over the living room sofa; police said Burden forced the victim to kneel before shooting him in the back of the head. He also stole Blizzard’s laptop.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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