Thursday, February 28, 2008
Murder case closed with guilty plea
By SUE WATSON
Anthony Earl Green pleaded guilty in Marshall County Circuit Court Friday to simple murder in the death of Tolbert Sholar and Reamus Williams.
He also pleaded guilty to grand larceny in another case involving theft of an air compressor, tool boxes and personal property on February 27, 2007.
Judge Andrew Howorth sentenced Green to life imprisonment for murder and to 10 years imprisonment, with five years suspended, for grand larceny. He was also sentenced to five years post-release supervision.
The entering of the guilty plea brought the case to a close for the murder of the two Marshall County residents at the home of Reamus Williams on April 14, 2007.
Co-defendant Angie Jones pleaded guilty to simple murder, which was reduced from capital murder, before Judge Robert Elliott on November 13, 2007, and was sentenced to life.
Green was 25 years old at the time of the incident and Jones was 24.
Both Green and Jones will be eligible for parole on the murder convictions at about age 65, with 40 years served. But Green will serve five years on grand larceny charges before he will be eligible for release.
Charges against Green were also reduced from capital murder to simple murder. He has been incarcerated without bond since being taken into custody April 15, 2007. He and and co-defendant Angie Jones were arrested in Memphis the day after the incident.
Sholar died of multiple stab wounds on the day of the incident and Williams, who sustained stab wounds and burns, died in the Memphis Med May 29.
Sheriff’s department investigators recovered wallet contents of one of the victims, the murder weapon and blood of the victim(s) during an intensive investigation immediately following the discovery of the crimes, according to assistant district attorney Lani Hill.
She read a statement of the underlying facts in court Friday. Hill said Green was responsible for the stabbing of the two victims.
Earlier at court, Jones confessed to pouring gas on Williams and to removing Sholar’s wallet.
The incident thus included two murders, robbery and arson.
After wishing Green “good luck,” Howorth spoke briefly to the families of the victims.
“I want to thank you, today,” he said. “This will not provide you with closure because you have a loss than cannot be healed. I wish you Godspeed and God’s grace.”
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