Teen sentenced to life in prison for murder
Fri, 05 Apr 2013 14:55:21 GMT —
Kendris Brown, 16, was sentenced to life in prison Friday morning.
He pled guilty to the murder of Michael Hawkins, 49, during a burglary at Hawkins' home on Harmony Street in West Florence New Years Day 2012.
Hawkins was shot three times.
His 18-year-old daughter was in the home at the time of the shooting, but she wasn't harmed.
Brown and four others were charged in the burglary.
Lakavis Harrison pled guilty to Burglary First Degree and Armed Robbery after Brown's hearing. His sentence is deferred.
The others are waiting to be prosecuted.
Judge Michael Nettles gave Brown the maximum sentence, calling the crime cold blooded, premeditated and senseless.
Hawkins was a coach with the City of Florence Recreational League. He's credited with helping to change the lives of many at-risk boys in East Florence.
Hawkins was also a community activist. He fought for recreational programs and a community center for underprivileged children in East Florence.
His ashes were spread around the East Florence Community Park following his death. His family said that's where his heart was and that's what he would have wanted.