One man convicted in the 2008 deaths of a Vanderbilt professor and his sister was sentenced Thursday, the day after a third man was convicted in the murder and robbery.
Lavonta Churchwell, 21, was sentenced Thursday to two life sentences and two 20-year sentences both to run concurrently for his role in the deaths of Pierre Colas, 32, and his sister Marie Colas, 27.
On Wednesday night, a jury convicted Nathaniel Carson, 31, on two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of especially aggravated robbery for his role in the murder and robbery at the McFerrin Street home in August 2008.
Carson’s felony murder convictions carry an automatic life sentence. A hearing set for Oct. 6 will determine Carson’s sentence for the other convictions and whether the life sentences will run consecutively or concurrently.
Churchwell won't be eligible for parole before serving at least 51 years. He was tried in July and also convicted on two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of especially aggravated robbery.
In May, a jury found George Cody, 31, guilty on two counts of felony murder, two counts of identity theft and two counts of criminally negligent homicide in the murders.
In July, Cody received a life sentence plus 20 years.
Gennyfer Hutcheson, 37, and Thomas Reed, 22, are also charged in relation to the murders, and are awaiting their trials.