Sentencing hearings scheduled for next month for 2 co-defendants in Marley Lion murder case
Two co-defendants involved in the Marley Lion murder case will be sentenced next month, according to 9th Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson.
Bryan Latrell Rivers, 29, and Julius Brown, 33, both of Charleston, testified against Ryan Deleston, the man convicted of shooting 17-year-old Lion.
The pair had accepted plea deals in the case, and their sentencing hearings had been deferred until after they testified in Deleston’s trial.
Brown pleaded guilty Sept. 4 to voluntary manslaughter, attempted armed robbery and obstruction of justice. Brown had been accused of acting as a lookout for Deleston and Rivers, who planned to rob Lion on June 16, 2012.
The plea bargain allowed Brown to avoid a murder conviction for the second time in his life. He had been charged with murder in the killing of a young mother about 10 years ago, but the count was dropped when the main witness against him died.
Rivers pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, attempted armed robbery and possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
Deleston received a life sentence Oct. 11 after a jury found him guilty of Lion’s murder.
Lion had parked his SUV outside Famous Joe’s Bar and Grill on Savannah Highway because he believed he was too drunk to drive home. Lion climbed in the backseat of the SUV to fall asleep. Deleston shot Lion while he was in the vehicle.
The case against George Ellis Brown, 28, who faces charges for providing his gun for the attempted robbery of Lion, has not been resolved.
Brown’s and Rivers’ sentencing hearings have been scheduled for Nov. 20, Wilson said.
Voluntary manslaughter carries up to 30 years in prison. Attempted armed robbery is punishable by up to 20 years.