Three Coffee County teens who participated in a botched robbery early last year in which a Mt. Leo man was shot to death while he slept in his bed will serve the next 18 years in prison.
The youths, Charles Anthony Guess, Melvin Horne and Malik Lequan Scott, all 18 now but 17 at the time of the crime, entered pleas Monday afternoon before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of facilitation of murder and especially aggravated robbery.
The three were given identical 18-year sentences which must be served at 100 percent without chance of early release through parole.
Their sentences come for the death in January 2016 of Oswaldo Luna, 43, who was shot while he slept in his small trailer behind a business on Beersheba Street. His confessed killer, Sam Brinkley, now 18 but 17 at the time, is awaiting trial this summer.
Two other suspects in the case, Tyler Jones and Nicholas McGee, both adults at the time of the crime, entered pleas earlier this year and were given one-year sentences for their limited roles in the robbery/murder, leaving Brinkley as the only one of the six conspirators yet to be sentenced.
In statements to police, the teens, all of whom owned up to their various roles in the crime, said they went to Luna’s residence to rob him of marijuana. The plan had been hatched earlier that day while they were at high school. All of the suspects, with the exception of the two adults, went onto the property where Luna’s trailer was located. The youths were armed with guns Guess had taken from his home.
Brinkley’s trial is set to begin July 18.