Two Men Sentenced to Life in Houston County Murder

7:21 PM, Jul 18, 2013   |    comments
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Two men were sentenced to life without parole after being convicted Thursday of murdering a friend.

28-year-old Matthew Pike and 30-year-old William Slaton were accused of killing Justin Klaffka of Warner Robin in April 2012. 

A Houston County jury convicted them Thursday night on all seven counts against them.

The jury deliberated for about four hours. Then Judge Katherine Lumsden sentenced them to life without parole on one of the charges, felony murder.

Prosecutors said Pike and Slaton were angry because Klaffka told authorities about an armed robbery they were involved in.

They dumped his body in the Ocmulgee River, prosecutors said.

District Attorney George Hartwig said that a third suspect, 36-year-old Daniel Slaton, struck a deal with prosecutors for a 30-year prison sentence. Daniel Slaton pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated battery.

He testified at this week's trial against the men -- including his brother, William Slaton.

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