An 18 year-old Rome man will spend at least the next 30 years in prison after being sentenced on a murder charge. Niazua Brown pleaded guilty to killing 23 year-old Cornelius Driver Jr. and was sentenced to life plus five years in court on Tuesday.


Brown will not be eligible for parole on the murder charge for 30 years. The additional five years comes from the possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime charge.


Testimony said that the shooting murder on Grover Street was about being ‘the baddest’ man.

Brown shot Driver in the back as he ran away, then shot him as he was in the street dying. A total of nine shots were fired.


A Rome teenager, Niazua Brown pleaded guilty to murder on Friday. Brown, who was 16 at the time of the deadly shooting of 23 Cornelious Driver, will face sentencing on February 23 by Judge Bryan Durham.


Police said that Driver, also from Rome, was shot multiple times near the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Grover Street about 3 p.m. Jan. 27, 2015. He was taken to Floyd Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly afterward.

Authorities found arrested Brown, who was 16 years-old at the time, the following day near a Cartersville motel.


He pleaded guilty to all of the charges including; -felony murder, malice murder aggravated battery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and two counts of aggravated assault.