FL Man Guilty In Robbery Murder And Arson

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) _ A Pensacola man has been sentenced to serve life behind bars after being convicted in connection with the beating and burning of a woman.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that on Monday, a jury found 24-year-old Gregory Williams guilty of the March 31, 2013, murder of Melinda McCormick.

Assistant State Attorney Bridgette Jensen says that Williams _ along with co-defendants Anthony Pressley and Kiesha Pugh _ had entered McCormick’s home, wrestled her to the ground, beat her, robbed her and set her home ablaze to destroy evidence.

Williams had told deputies that he carried the weapons that were used to attack McCormick, helped subdue her and struck her with a crowbar.

Williams’ attorney Spiro Kypreos argued that Williams was a pawn in the scheme.

Jurors ultimately found him guilty of murder, but not of arson. He will serve life in prison.