COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Two local men have been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a 78-year-old Vietnam veteran.
A jury deliberated for three hours Thursday on the 7th floor of the Columbus Government Center and found Patrick Satterfield and Christopher Young guilty of felony murder, armed robbery, burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Seventy-eight-year-old Richard Boynton was found with a gunshot wound to the chest in a bedroom in his Carver Park home in East Columbus back in December of 2008.
Assistant District Attorney David Helmick called Patrick Satterfield the "puppet master" who planned the deadly home invasion and burglary. Helmick says he wanted to get inside the elderly veteran's home to get cash he thought was stored in a shoe box.
According to the state, Satterfield was friends with the victim's grandsons who lived with him from time to time and three months before the murder, they all took part in another home invasion and armed robbery of a poker game. The state says Satterfield felt he was entitled to the money stashed in Boynton's house that has been accumulated during the crew's ongoing criminal enterprise.
If Satterfield is the alleged "brains" behind the crime, prosecutors call Christopher Young the "brawn," saying he was the triggerman who shot Boynton in the chest.
The state says the duo never called 911 to help the elderly man and left him for dead.
Satterfield's attorney, Dorothy Williams, says he never went inside the victim's home when he realized someone was home and that he never planned to hurt or harm anyone.
Young's attorney, Scott Phillips, denies he had anything to do with the murder, saying he was not in Boynton's house that night.
After sitting through two days of witness testimony, the jury disagreed with the defense and found the duo guilty.
Judge John Allen, Chief Judge of the Muscogee County Superior Court system, sentenced Satterfield and Young to life in prison, plus an additional 5 years which they will spend in a state penitentiary.
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