Murdered for his sneakers: Gang that killed teenage football player over high end shoes get life in prison

Three men have been found guilty in the murder of 14-year-old Paul Sampleton.

Police said the teen was killed over high-end sneakers.

Andrew Murray, Tavaughn Saylor and Larnell Sillah broke into Sampleton’s Gwinnett County townhouse, ransacking the home and shooting Sampleton in the head in December 2012.

Sampleton attended Grayson High School and was a star athlete who dreamed of playing Division 1 football.

Murray and Saylor were sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for the malice murder, a consecutive life sentence for the armed robbery, and a total of 120 years consecutive for the remaining counts.

Sillah was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for the malice murder, a consecutive life sentence for the armed robbery, and a total of 135 years consecutive for the remaining counts.

Each of the defendants spoke boisterously at the sentencing hearing and ranted that prosecutor Mike Morrison had set them up and that they were innocent of the charges.

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Posted on November 1, 2014, in crime. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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