Nashville man gets life plus 20 years in VU professor murder

Friday, July 16, 2010 at 12:35pm
Staff reports

A judge sentenced George Cody to a life sentence plus 20 years Friday morning for his role in the murders of a Vanderbilt University professor and his sister.

Cody was convicted in May on charges of felony murder, especially aggravated burglary and identity theft in the murders of Pierre Colas and his sister Marie Colas in August 2008.

On Thursday, Lavonta Churchwell was convicted of felony murder and especially aggravated burglary in the murders.

Churchwell is set to be sentenced Aug. 18. Another defendant, Nathaniel Carson, is scheduled for trial on Aug. 16.

2 Comments on this post:

By: fightcrib on 7/16/10 at 3:58

Life plus 20 years.

What this means, is that after he dies and goes to hell, after 20 years if he is on good behavior in hell, than he has a chance to petition with St. Peter. I'm pretty sure that's legally accurate.

In any case, by this time Vanderbilt will still not have defeated either Florida or LSU in football. I hope this puts everything in perspective.

P.S. East Nashville is not all that is cracked up to.

By: fdanshep on 7/19/10 at 6:03

I'm sorry "fightcrib" but your tongue-in-cheek analogy to Vandy football is inappropriate. What it means is that a thug will go on living while two bright promising people had their life's snuffed out. I am not familiar with the sentencing laws but if there is any chance that these people will ever see freedom, then something is badly wrong.