CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of two gang members for the deaths of a South Carolina couple three years ago (all times local):
Two North Carolina gang members have been sentenced to life in prison for the shooting deaths of a South Carolina couple who were to testify against other gang members in an attempted robbery case.
Jamell Cureton and Malcolm Hartley were sentenced during separate hearings before U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn on Tuesday in Charlotte. Last year, they agreed to plead guilty in the deaths of Debbie and Doug London at their home in Lake Wylie, South Carolina. The agreement helped the two men avoid a death penalty trial.
The Londons were shot to death before they were to testify against three members of a gang who attempted to rob their Charlotte mattress store. Cureton and Hartley were members of that gang.
Two North Carolina gang members are to be sentenced in the shooting deaths of a South Carolina couple who were to testify against other gang members who tried to rob them.
Jamell Cureton and Malcolm Hartley will be sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Charlotte. Cureton and Hartley pleaded guilty last September in the deaths of Debbie and Doug London of Lake Wylie, South Carolina, to avoid a death penalty trial.
Police said three men tried to rob the Londons' mattress store May 25, 2014. Doug London was shot at twice, but the suspects missed. London shot one of the robbers in the stomach. Three suspects were charged.
Five months later, the Londons were killed at their home when they answered a knock on their door.