(WASHINGTON) - A Daviess County Superior Court Judge on Wednesday sentenced 19-year-old Lucas Benjamin of Washington to 30 years in prison in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Devan Burris.
Benjamin pleaded guilty to charges of assisting a criminal and attempted dealing in meth as part of a negotiated plea agreement.
Charges of conspiracy to commit murder were dismissed.
According to the plea agreement, Benjamin will have the opportunity to serve the final eight years of his sentence in work release.
Benjamin was with 18-year-old Logan Evans of Washington near the Ebenezer Baptist Church on Oak Grove Road to do a drug deal when that deal went terribly wrong.
Evans pleaded guilty to murder in February and faces 45 years in prison.
According to police, 19-year-old Lucas Benjamin and Evans went to the church to sell Burris $100 worth of meth. The two borrowed a Dodge Intrepid owned by Shawna Campbell to go to the church.
During the drug deal, Benjamin alleges Burris and another man grabbed him by the hood of his jacket and tried to pull him out the car. Benjamin says the man had a gun pointed at his face and began hitting him.
He told police as he was being pulled from the car he heard a gunshot and then everyone began screaming.
He also told police Evans did not intend to shot anyone, but was trying to scare them. But Campbell, told police the two had told her hours before the drug deal that the men were going to take "Burris hunting" which she took as they were going to shoot him.
Burris was then taken, by someone, to the emergency room at Daviess Community Hospital and dumped out of the vehicle where he died.
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