LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. — A former Water Vallian was sentenced to life plus 20 years last Thursday for the fatal beating of a Norcross, Ga., man two years ago.
Reggie Pulley, 31, received the sentence from Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Timothy Hamil after being convicted on several charges, including the murder of Darryl Mason, 38, of Norcross, Ga., in Mason’s Meadowood Commons apartment.
Pulley, a 1997 graduate of WVHS, was indicted on charges of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and two counts of theft by taking.
According to a story by Reporter Josh Green in the Gwinnett Daily Post, testimony showed the April 2008 attack happened in and around the bathroom and kitchen of Darryl Mason’s Meadowood Commons apartment, where he died of blunt force trauma.
In a taped interrogation, Pulley admitted to bludgeoning the 38-year-old victim with his fists, feet, a chair and a 32-inch flat screen television. Pulley knew Mason when he lived in the Norcross area, and had stopped by his apartment to ask for a ride, he said in interviews.
Pulley claimed the victim made homosexual advances and was armed with scissors, which cut Pulley’s finger. Investigators believe Pulley’s sole purpose in visiting was to plunder Mason’s property.
After the beating, Pulley stole Mason’s 1997 Mazda Protege, along with jewelry, watches, two PlayStation gaming systems, video games and DVDs. Two weeks later, he was arrested in Water Valley after he tried to sell the car for $500. A local garage owner reported the Mazda’s vehicle identification number to police.
Police Chief Mike King said that Pulley was found to be in possession of a watch connected to the murder case in Georgia. During an interview with investigator Capt. Roger Thomas, Pulley admitted to burglarizing the crime scene apartment.
“He also had some jewelry on his person that came from the crime scene in Georgia,” Chief King recalled. “He eventually admitted to what happened during a videotaped interview.”