- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - A 67-year-old man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder for shooting a man so he could steal his prescription drugs.

A judge sentenced James Carlton on Thursday in Ocala after hearing from the family of 41-year-old Michael Nichols, who was fatally shot on Dec. 3, 2010.

Prosecutors believe Carlton wanted Nichols’ pills so that he could give them to a woman he was interested in.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports (http://bit.ly/1mW9XNA ) that Carlton was found guilty with no DNA evidence, but on the strength of two witnesses who aided in burying the body.

Neither of the witnesses was ever charged with a crime, and the jury submitted a written complaint to the court voicing its objection to that fact.


Information from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner, http://www.starbanner.com/



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