Man Pleads Guilty In Christmas Eve Murder

By: Lindsey Fry / Carly Swain
By: Lindsey Fry / Carly Swain

Alfred Tyson has plead guilty to various charges in the murder case of a man shot on Christmas Eve in 2010, but not discovered for days.

Sheriff Neil Elks said Danny Tyson's body was found December 29th. Deputies said the 55-year-old died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Warrants said Kelly Mills, Alfred Tyson (no relation to the victim) and Jokshon Prayer all conspired to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Officials have said the men left the home after the initial robbery, and the victim was killed with his own shotgun when they returned later that night.

All three suspects were originally charged with murder.

On Tuesday, 53-year-old Tyson appeared remorseful before the court and the victim's family, saying in the five years prior to the murder he "fell into a dark place... with the wrong people" and began using crack cocaine.

Tyson took a plea deal, and plead guilty to multiple charges including accessory after the fact, concealing a death, and obstruction of justice.

Tyson was sentenced to prison time between 27 and 33 months in addition to 36 months of probation and $5,000 restitution. He must also pay court costs and enter a drug and alcohol treatment program.

In March of 2013, Mills pleaded guilty to second degree murder as part of a plea deal. Mills has already been sentenced to serve between 20 and 25 years in prison, as well as pay $5,000 in restitution.

According to earlier reports, charges against Jokshon Prayer have been dropped.

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