MONTICELLO (WDAM) - Two men pleaded guilty and were sentenced to prison for the murder of a Monticello man in 2014, according to 15th Circuit Court District attorney Hal Kittrell.
In a courtroom Thursday, Kegerran Peyton, 26 of Lawrence County, and Darrion Watts, 25 of Lawrence County, pleaded guilty to capital murder of Nilkanth Patil. They also pleaded guilty to the attempted capital murder of Layne Sandifer of Monticello, according to Kittrell.
Circuit Court Judge Prentiss Harrell sentenced Peyton to life in prison without the possibility of release for the capital murder charge and received 20 years to serve for the attempted capital murder charge.
Watts was also sentenced to life in prison for capital murder as well as 20 years to serve for attempted capital murder.
"This is one of the most shocking and horrific crimes we have prosecuted in Lawrence County," Kittrell said in a press release. "This senseless crime has resulted in tragedy for all parties involved. We hope that by both men accepting responsibility for their actions, this close-knit community can begin to heal."
The murder case stemmed from an armed robbery at Duncan's Corner convenience store in October 2014. Patil was shot and killed and Sandifer suffered a non-fatal gunshot wound, according to Kittrell.