TUPELO – Justin Springer of Nettleton was sentenced to life in prison without parole Friday after a Lee County jury found him guilty of a deadly burglary-robbery in Shannon.
Spring, 25, went on trial Monday for capital murder in the June 9, 2008, death of Kamby Ivy.
Prosecutor David Daniels said Ivy and his girlfriend were watching a movie at her house when Springer and co-defendant Gregory Kelly, wearing masks, kicked in the door and demanded money and drugs.
He said that as Kelly held the girlfriend Ivy denied having money or drugs and was shot in the chest and abdomen.
Several months ago, Kelly pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 20 years for murder and 20 years for burglary, to be served at the same time.
Kelly testified at the week-long trial presided over by Circuit Judge James Roberts.
Daniels said the jury came back with a verdict after less than two hours of deliberations.
He also said the District Attorney’s Office did not seek the death penalty because “Ivy’s mother said she didn’t want anybody else to die.”
Springer was charged with capital murder, which is murder during the commission of another felony, in this case burglary and robbery.
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