Teen convicted in capital murder case

Teen convicted in capital murder case

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A Blytheville teenager was sentenced Thursday after a jury convicted him of two counts of capital murder and one count of aggravated robbery.

According to Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington, Avante Lawshea, 17, received life in prison without the possibility of parole for the two counts of capital murder, plus received 10 years in prison for the aggravated robbery charge.

Lawshea was one of four people arrested and charged in connection with the murders of Bahadur "Bob" Dhillion and Anthony Tramble after a robbery at the Cherry Tree convenience store in Blytheville in November 2016.

In addition to the life in prison and 10-year sentence, Lawshea is also subject to an additional sentence enhancement of 10 years for committing a felony involving a homicide in the presence of a child, Ellington said in a statement.

Ellington credited prosecutors and police for their work on the case.

"I want to thank both Curtis Walker and Gina Knight for their hard work and diligence. I also want to acknowledge the Blytheville Police Department for their pursuit of justice in these cases. I additionally want to thank the jurors for taking time away from their work and families to ensure that justice was served in this emotionally difficult case," Ellington said.

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