Elijah Davis, convicted of second-degree murder, is lead out of the Stephens County courtroom by Undersheriff John Smith, to begin serving 18 years in prison.

Elijah Davis stood in Stephens County District Court Monday and pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree of the shooting death of Cyrus Holland, 18, that took place in Douglass Park on Oct. 1, 2008.

Originally, Davis had pleaded not guilty to murder in the first degree and also a felony count of possession of a firearm after a previous felony conviction. He was 21 when the crime occurred.

District Attorney Bret Burns requested amending the murder charge. A plea agreement was made with the District Attorney’s office to withdraw the not guilty pleas and enter guilty pleas, and agree to 60 years in prison on the murder charge, all of which will be suspended, except for 18 years. The second count remained the same and he was sentenced to five years on that charge.

After the sentencing, Burns said Cyrus Holland’s family was notified last week of the possible plea agreement.

“We called the victim’s family to come in and we met with them and explained what evidence we had, and explained the problems we had with some of the witnesses. We let them make the decision whether to accept the plea agreement. It was very important that the person who shot their son be held accountable,” Burns said.

Holland’s family filled three pews, including his mother, Crystal and uncle Jimmy Lee Johnson Jr. Both took the stand and offered impact statements directed at Davis, who sat alone with his attorney, Craig Corgan. There appeared to be no one present for Davis during his sentencing. He had to approach the Judge Joe Enos’ bench for the questions that his attorney would ask.

Of those, Corgan asked Davis if he shot Holland, to which he replied yes.

Crystal sat in a jury seat to the left of the prosecuting attorney’s table and kept her eyes covered and sobbed quietly.

Burns asked Holland’s mother, Crystal, to take the stand only to share her impact statement. She was not under oath.

“How has Cyrus’ death affected you, affected your family?”

As Crystal spoke to Davis, she looked directly at him and offered chilling words.

“I have to go to the cemetery to have a relationship with my son. Elijah Davis, you have torn my heart apart, you have put my world upside down,” she said.

Holland’s uncle, Johnson, also spoke, pointing out to Davis that he’s already alone and what to expect 18 years from now when his release date is scheduled.

“You see what it got you. One person is dead,” he said. “In 18 years, they’re going to forget about you,” Johnson said, specifically referring to Davis’ “homeboys.”

“Your mother, she lost a son. The difference is that she can come and visit you.” He also wagered a bet that Davis would want to hug his mother the day he got out of prison.

Those words were too much for Crystal Holland to hear and she left the courtroom sobbing.

She returned awhile later as the proceedings wrapped up. Sitting next to her brother, gathered around by her family, she quietly watched as her son’s murderer was led out of the courtroom to begin his sentence of incarceration.

His attorney requested that the time served so far be applied to his sentence and Judge Joe Enos granted that request. His sentences will run concurrently.

He also will be serving 10 years on a charge of possession of controlled dangerous substance (cocaine). That was a pending charge, dating to April 22, 2008.

“This was a dangerous defendant who was mixed up in the Lawton gang scene.

“He chose to come to Duncan to retaliate for a previous gang incident and he shot an innocent victim — Cyrus Holland,” Burns said.

“I really felt for this victim and his family in this case. Cyrus was an 18-year-old man whose life was taken away by gang violence. I appreciate the way the victim’s family handled this case with courage and dignity.”

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