St. Louis Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Double Murder

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man reached a plea deal Tuesday after a jury had been picked to hear his trial in a 2016 double murder.

Kelvin D. Ford III, 31, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action and one count of first-degree assault for killing two people and wounding a third, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Ford admitted killing Shawndreaka Lakes, 20, and Antoine Bronner, 27, early Sept. 3, 2016. He also shot and critically wounded Lakes’ sister, Shay Bowers, then 17, who survived.

Police said Ford fled police in a car, got out and tried to run from an officer before he was captured.

Ford will be given credit for more than four years he has served in jail while awaiting trial.

Prosecutors accepted the plea deal because they had problems getting witnesses to testify, authorities said.