WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A suburban West Palm Beach man was sentenced to 13 years in prison today for his role in the 2010 shooting death of a West Palm Beach jewelry store owner, the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office said.
Hasan Demario Jones, 41, was sentenced to three 13-year sentences that he will serve at the same time. In February 2011, he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder with a firearm, robbery with a firearm and conspiracy to commit robbery with a firearm.
Court evidence showed Jones drove two other men to the West Palm Coin and Jewelry Exchange during the morning of July 26, 2010.
Store owner John Lauseng died after he was shot in the back and in the arm while trying to escape from two masked men who robbed the store at gunpoint.
Jones was allowed to plead guilty to second-degree murder after he agreed to testify against one of his accomplices, Arron Smith.
This month, Smith received two life sentences for first-degree murder. In March 2011, a third man, Kenneth Bernard Laws, received a life sentence after he was convicted of first-degree murder.
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