Man gets life for fatal bat beating

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

OCALA, Fla. (AP) --
A 21-year-old north Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally beating a homeless man with an aluminum baseball bat.

James Elton Roberts pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree

In November 2007, prosecutors say Elton and his cousin,
then-16-year-old William Anthony Myers, came across 44-year-old
Robert Towns Leigh, who was making his way from Tallahassee to
Miami. His body was found the next morning on a bench outside an
Ocala store.

Roberts was schedule to go on trial in August. Facing a possible
death penalty, he accepted a plea deal with life in prison.

Myers, now 19, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after
pleading guilty to second-degree murder in September 2009.

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