Last defendant in Bellacino's murder case pleads guilty

Friday, June 11, 2010 at 5:03pm

The last defendant to face a murder trial for the 2007 double murder at a Bellacino’s restaurant pleaded guilty Friday.

As part of the plea deal, 20-year-old Crystle Denece Rutherford was effectively sentenced to 50 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to especially aggravated robbery and two counts of facilitation of first-degree murder, according to the district attorney’s office. 

Rutherford must serve 30 years of the sentence before she will be eligible for parole. If the case had gone to trial, Rutherford would have faced two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of felony murder and one count of especially aggravated robbery.

Police said Bellacino’s employees Joshua Cole, 18, and Christopher Caris, 33, were shot execution-style during a robbery by disgruntled former employee Jason Stephen Bobo, 24.

Bobo is serving two life sentences without parole.

Tarina Shantayne Simmons, 34, pleaded guilty in March to two counts of second-degree murder as part of a best-interest plea deal. She will serve two concurrent 35-year prison sentences.

Ravaughn E. Harris, 23, was accused of being the driver in the robbery but was acquitted last year.

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