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3 men sentenced to life without parole in 2011 killing

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Three men will serve life without parole in the death of a Cobb County man.

A Cobb County jury convicted Harvey "Rucks" Hogans, 27, of New York; Derek Lee Kemp, 32, of Marietta; and Alphonso "JRock" Watkins, 31, of Marietta, of murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and related charges in the 2011 death of Derek George Gray, Jr.

On Monday, Cobb Superior Court Judge Mary E. Staley sentenced them all to life without parole.

Kemp and Watkins have prior felony convictions that required the sentence. Hogans is believed to be the person who shot and killed Gray inside a Ford Taurus on July 1, 2011.

Gray's mother and sister tearfully addressed the court and asked for the maximum punishment.

"The pain has been too much to bear," said Helen Brown, Mr. Gray's mother. "I pray no other mother will have to experience the pain these defendants have caused me."

Gray's older sister, Kia Hansford, said her brother had a passion for football and enjoyed creating music.

"My heart hurts thinking he was in pain," she said. "He was only married for six days. He never got to hold his son."

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