Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Four young men are all set to spend years behind bars in connection with a home invasion and beating of 96-year-old Levi Clayton in November of 2012. Those injuries killed the beloved church deacon four months later.
Elhajji Elshabazz was sentenced to 25 years for burglarizing Clayton and 25 years to life in prison for second-degree murder.
He still claims not have been at the crime scene. However, Judge Christopher Burns told the defendant, "You claim you weren't there, but you cannot exit a house on video without being in the house."
Shaquar Pratcher maintains he never hurt Clayton. His attorney points to a polygraph that Pratcher passed and painted him as a victim of circumstance.
"There was only one issue during the trial," attorney Joel Daniels said. "It wasn't the burglary -- everybody admitted they were in there. It was the death."
However, the prosecutor said that Pratcher "robbed us of a valuable member of our community. To quote the defendant's words -- 'I could feel his jaw getting soft as I was hitting him."
Pratcher was also sentenced to 25 years for burglary, 25 years to life behind bars for second-degree murder and additional time for a gun charge.
Daniels pointed the finger at Justice Feggans, a former high school star athlete. Feggans admitted that he planned the home invasion. However, he took a plea deal, turned the others in and was sentenced to 15 years behind bars.
Jordan McKinnon, who drove the other defendants to and from Clayton's house, will serve an eight-year prison sentence.