- Associated Press - Sunday, September 7, 2014

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois 18-year-old has been sentenced to two decades in prison for his role in the 2012 shooting death of a man over a six-pack of beer.

The (Alton) Telegraph (https://bit.ly/WtWzUi) reports Brian Lee Taylor of Madison was sentenced Friday in Madison County after pleading guilty to an armed robbery charge. Prosecutors dropped two counts of first-degree murder.

Taylor was 16 at the time authorities say Charles Weiss was fatally shot in the chest in November 2012 after Weiss allegedly refused to give up a six-pack of beer.

Taylor was the oldest of four suspects, and investigators don’t believe he’s the one who fired the fatal shot.

Taylor’s plea agreement with prosecutors stipulates that he will testify against any of the three co-defendants if they go to trial.


Information from: The Telegraph, https://www.thetelegraph.com

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