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2010 - I-20 Billboards - Photo of Eddie Lawrence & wife Berneda Lawrence promote book
and seek parole for middleman in murder.
Joni Ambrusko (A sister of Sara) "The family opposes parole. All the killers deserve the
death penalty. Think of Ricky and Mike [Sara's sons] running through the
field with their mother’s brains on them."
Scheree Moore (Spokeswoman for State Board of Pardons and Paroles)
"The board has reviewed Lawrence’s case twice — most recently in 2008 —
and won’t consider him again until December 2015. He made a deal with
the feds, not the state. He’s going through the normal consideration anyone
MURDERED IN FRONT OF CHILDREN
1992 - Eddie Lawrence is approached by Fred Tokars, who wants his wife
murdered. Lawrence acts as a middleman and arranges for Curtis
Rower to do the job.
Sara Ambrusko Tokars drives home with her two young sons in the
car. She is hijacked at her home and forced to drive.As she pleads
with the gunman she is shot to death in front of her children. The
two boys run to a nearby house to summon help.
CONSPIRACY, RACKETEERING & MURDER
Link details the involvement of Eddie Lawrence as well
as Tokars and others.
Fred Tokars (attorney & part-time judge) is found to have not only been
behind the murder, but also involved in money laundering for drug dealers.
He's convicted and is serving life in prison without parole.
Over the years Fred Tokars has become a professional "snitch" for the
authorites and was moved around to various prisons in order to glean
information. Currently he is reported to be incarcerated in a Florida
Federal prison infirmary, suffering from MS.
1994 - Eddie Lawrence pled Guilty to Federal Racketerring and State Murder
charges. Sentenced to 12 1/2 years of Federal time, Life in State Prison
with possibility of parole, the sentences to run concurrently. Lawence
testifies against Fred Tokars. Lawrence is placed into the Witness
Protection Program in a Federal facility.
Curtis Rower is found guilty and is serving a life without parole sentence.
Tom Charron (Former Cobb County DA) "That was a real deal of the century. There was
no deal that we would go along with parole. There might have been a statement we wouldn’t
fight his parole.” It seems to me this parole board doesn’t look at (releasing inmates doing
life] until they reach 20 years.”
Jerry Froelich (Attorney for Fred Tokars) “There’s no threat to Lawrence, there never was;
it’s a joke. He should be in the state system
serving hard time. Instead, he’s in a cushy prison.”
Buddy Parker (Prosecutor) "There were concerns Fred would conduct violence against
Eddie. But those concerns are far gone.”
1997 - Eddie Lawrence writes to the FBI claiming "he lied in his testimony and wanted
his guilty plea rescinded."
1998 - Lawrence was in court acting as his own attorney. He is not granted a new trial.
His appeals have been denied.
Berneda Lawrence knew Eddie Lawrence before he "got into trouble." Berneda and
Eddie married 5 years ago in prison. Since then she's self published a book about
his case; consisting mostly of letters between the two of them, including some of
his poems. The billboards Mrs. Lawrence has rented are used to point people to
a website where they can read about Eddie's plight.
Eddie & Berneda Lawrence
Berneda Lawrence “He said he was young. ... Fred showed him how easy it was to
participate in criminal activity. He said it was easy. He’s 45 now. He’s older. But you
can’t go back and change things.”
Brandon Lawrence (24, son of Eddie Lawrence) “The family wants him out. I know
some people are not sympathetic, but he did his part, he did his testimony. He had a
deal and they should live up to their bargain.”