- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The second man charged in the shooting death of a Pittsburgh barbershop owner last year has been sentenced to 12½ to 30 years as part of a plea agreement.

Twenty-three-year-old Javahn Griffin pleaded guilty Monday in Allegheny County to third-degree murder, conspiracy and robbery in the July 2015 killing of 44-year-old Lamar Thomas in the Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood.

A witness told authorities that he accompanied the Crafton Heights resident and 20-year-old Keith Payne to purchase “K2,” or synthetic marijuana, from Thomas at his barbershop. Authorities said the two then tried to rob Thomas, who was shot to death.

Griffin apologized to the victim’s family in court after entering his plea.

Payne pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree murder, conspiracy, robbery, and gun charges and was sentenced to 20 to 40 years.

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