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A man confronted 3 teens trying to egg his house so they shot him to death, sheriff says

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  • 3 teens are charged with murder after egging a man's house and then shooting him, authorities said.

  • The sheriff's department said Johnathan Gilbert was unarmed when he tried to confront the teenagers.

  • The teenagers' motive for the egging was an "ongoing lovers quarrel."

A Georgia man was fatally shot last week after confronting a group of three teenagers who egged his house, according to the Spalding County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office issued a statement on Friday announcing the arrest of 18-year-old Sydney Maughon, 18-year-old Jeremy Munson, and 19-year-old McKenzie Davenport. All three are charged with malice murder, battery, and criminal trespassing. Maughon and Munson are charged additionally with murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm.

The statement said Maughon, Munson, and Davenport had arrived at the home of Johnathan Gilbert on July 3 to vandalize it with eggs. The statement said the motivation for the egging was an "ongoing lovers quarrel."

When Gilbert saw the vandalism, he "came out of the house unarmed, to confront them," the sheriff's statement said. The three teenagers ran back to their car, where Maughon retrieved a firearm and shot Gilbert multiple times. "The suspects then drove away leaving Gilbert dead in the middle of Dobbins Mill Road," the statement said.

Jail records show the teenagers are being held with no bond, but court records were not immediately available. It is unclear if any of them have attorneys.

The sheriff's statement said because all three teenagers "plotted and planned together, and traveled to the location with the intent to commit a crime that led up to the murder together," all three were culpable.

"They went to egg a house, the victim confronted them while they were doing it, he lost his life, and they drove off and left his body in the middle of the road," the statement said. "Together they bought that ticket; now together they can ride that ride."

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