Three Brunswick Defendants Plead Guilty to 2021 Drive-By Shooting State v. Jaden Darby, Isaiah Miller & Michael Holland
January 11, 2024
District Attorney Keith Higgins announces that Jaden Darby, 20, Isaiah Miller, 19 and Michael Holland, 19, all from Brunswick, entered non-negotiated guilty pleas on Monday, January 8th, to two counts of Aggravated Assault and one count of Criminal Damage to Property in the First Degree. Jaden Darby also pled to an additional count of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony. The pleas were entered just prior to jury selection in their criminal trials in Glynn County Superior Court.
The facts of the case would show that shortly after 9pm on November 3, 2021, the Glynn County Police Department responded to a shots fired call at a residence on Atlantic Avenue in Brunswick. The police investigation revealed that earlier that evening, the homeowner’s two daughters had been out driving with Michael Holland (who was the boyfriend of one of the girls) and a juvenile male who was also later charged in the case.
After returning to the house, one of the girls got out of Holland’s vehicle. Holland and the juvenile co-defendant saw a male who they believed was someone they had a prior issue with. Holland fired what he would call a “warning shot” from the vehicle which was apparently not heard by the male.
Holland, Holland’s girlfriend, and the juvenile co-defendant then drove to Brooklyn Homes to get Jaden Darby and Isaiah Miller to go back to the residence on Atlantic Avenue. Additional weapons were gathered and all four males along with Holland’s girlfriend, got in Miller’s vehicle. They then drove to Atlantic Avenue where Holland’s girlfriend got out of the vehicle and went into the residence. Her sister and the male, who the defendants had a dispute with, started to go towards the residence when Darby pointed a gun out of the vehicle and fired multiple shots, causing both to have to dive for cover. No persons were struck, but bullets went through the residence.
The victims were able to identify Darby as the shooter. Holland and the juvenile co-defendant confessed to their roles and implicated the other defendants.
Sentencing as to all three defendants has been deferred to a later date while a pre-sentence investigation is conducted by probation. The juvenile co-defendant was prosecuted in Juvenile Court after the District Attorney’s motion to have his case transferred to Superior Court to have him prosecuted as an adult was denied in Juvenile Court.
Members of the media with further questions may contact the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office at 912-554-7200.