- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio judge has sentenced a third defendant to life in prison in the March robbery and slaying of an 84-year-old Korean War veteran.

The judge in Circleville, south of Columbus, sentenced 20-year-old Kyle Robinson Wednesday, with a chance for parole after 20 years. He was one of the five young men charged in the fatal shooting of Thomas “Shorty” Whitson, a retired prison worker and farmer.

Whitson’s 30-year-old grandson, Shaun Lawson, was sentenced in August to life in prison with no parole for pulling the trigger in the slaying.

Robinson’s attorney said Robinson, who pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, helped plan the murder but wasn’t in the house when Whitson was killed.

The men planned to steal Whitson’s guns to get money for drugs.

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