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Austin Stryker’s sentencing set for Dec. 15
Stryker Nov 8
Austin Todd Stryker, 24, testifies for his defense team Nov. 8 about the events before, during and after Hannah Bender's 2019 death. Stryker has been charged with Bender's murder. - photo by Julia Hansen

The man recently convicted of Lumpkin County resident Hannah Bender’s 2019 murder will find out his sentence next month.

Austin Todd Stryker, 24, of Dawson County will learn his fate during his sentencing hearing at the Dawson County Courthouse on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 1:30 p.m. 

On Nov. 10, Stryker was convicted on all 24 charges related to Bender’s shooting-and-stabbing murder. 

Those charges were: malice murder; three counts of felony murder; three counts aggravated assault; two counts aggravated battery; possession of both a gun and a knife during the commission of a crime; 11 violations of Georgia’s Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act; concealing the death of another and tampering with evidence. 

District Attorney Lee Darragh has previously said that Stryker’s case is not a death penalty case. 

DCN will continue to follow this case and provide updates.