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Who is Austin Ford? Man gets 20 years in prison for killing a teenager

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 18, 2023. 07:26 pm UPDATED: Aug 18, 2023. 07:26 pm

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A man named Austin Ford was given a 20-year prison term on Wednesday for his part in the killing of an 18-year-old teen from the former Gwinnett County.

Official sources state that Austin Ford received a 20-year prison sentence for his part in Tori Lang’s death. The fact that he will be unable to contact Lang’s family for the first 10 years is an important aspect of his sentence.

Who is Austin Ford?

Ford was found responsible for two counts of theft by taking and one count of concealing the death of another person. After being identified as a suspect in April 2022, his case experienced two mistrials: the first one, in May, where the court declared that counts 1–5, and the second, in August, when the jury was still split 8–4, leaving the matter open.

Despite the fact that this was Ford’s first criminal offense, the prosecution requested the maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, claiming that the gravity of the crime warranted the harshest penalty. In the year 2021, Tori Lang’s body was discovered in the Yellow River Park in Gwinnett County. According to the police, her burned-out car was located a few kilometers away from the park.

The court rejected a verdict of voluntary manslaughter due to insufficient evidence, despite the state’s argument. According to Gwinnett District Attorney Patsy Austin-Gatson, “two juries were unable to reach a verdict regarding felony murder, aggravated assault, and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.”

According to Austin-Gatson, the main issue was that there wasn’t enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Ford was responsible for Lang’s passing. The prosecution was unable to refute the defense’s assertion that Lang committed suicide. To be clear, the defense did not establish beyond a reasonable doubt that Lang had in fact committed suicide, despite what the court found.

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