An Acworth man was sentenced to 25 years with 12 to serve in prison after a jury found him guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the Rome shooting death of a woman in 2021. The jury chose not to convict Calvin Bernard Crockett Jr., 43, of malice murder but chose to find him guilty of the lesser offense of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Shania Britt Underwood, 32, of Rome. During the weeklong trial, jurors heard testimony in the case concerning the circumstances surrounding the shooting. During the trial, defense attorneys argued that Crockett was acting in self-defense when he shot Underwood. Testimony showed that the couple had a contentious relationship, and they had been fighting after a trip to The Battery in Marietta earlier in the evening. They argued, and at one point, Underwood may have produced a knife as they tussled, according to evidence presented during the trial. The argument continued to escalate, and around 3:00 a.m. where Crockett shot and killed Underwood. Crockett was found guilty by the juror on the offenses of voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge. He was acquitted of malice, murder, and other charges.
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