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Trio Sentenced For Murder Of Paraplegic Man In Bath

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Three men were sentenced Tuesday for the 2010 murder of a paraplegic man in Beaufort County.

Detectives say October 7, 2010 the trio planned to rob 53-year-old Leonard Willson III of Bath at his home.

Investigators said Arturo Lopez-Perez, who was 16-years-old at the time of the murder, beat the handicapped man to death. Deputies say Willson had once mentored the then teenager who killed him.

Lopez-Perez was sentenced to life with possibility of parole on the murder charge, and at least 12.5 years on armed robbery and felonious larceny charges.

Because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the man could not get life without parole or the death sentence because he was just 16 at the time of the murder. The district attorney says Lopez-Perez will have to serve at least 41 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.

The other two men took plea bargains with the state: Martel Weston pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, armed robbery, first degree arson and first degree burglary. He will serve a minimum of 27 years in prison.

Domonic Farrow pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to 2nd degree murder, accessory after the fact to robbery with a dangerous weapon, and accessory after the fact to second burglary. He was sentenced to 4 years in prison.

Willson had lived in Bath nearly 15 years, and investigators said he knew his killer for nearly a year before the murder.


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The three men charged in a case where a handicapped man was robbed and beaten to death in his home in 2010 will learn their fate Tuesday.

Arturo Lopez-Perez, Domonic Farrow and Martel Watson are in court in Washington today.

Detectives say on October 7, 2010, the three had a plan to rob 53-year-old Leonard Willson III of Bath at his home.

Investigators said Lopez-Perez brutally beat the paraplegic man to death, a man who deputies said had once mentored the then teenager.

Lopez-Perez plead guilty to first-degree murder earlier this year, but a Supreme Court ruling prohibits the man from immediately receiving a life without parole sentencing because the crime was committed when he was 16 years old. He is also ineligible for the death penalty.

The other two men took plea bargains with this state: Weston plead guilty to second-degree murder, armed robbery, first degree arson and first degree burglary.

Farrow plead guilty to accessory after the fact to 2nd degree murder, accessory after the fact to robbery with a dangerous weapon, and accessory after the fact to second burglary.

Willson had lived in Bath nearly 15 years, and investigators said he knew his killer for nearly a year before the murder.

The sentencing hearing is underway at the Beaufort County Courthouse.


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