Man sentenced for encouraging beating death

October 11, 2009 6:37:00 AM PDT
A judge has sentenced a man to 45 years in prison for aggravated assault after he was convicted for encouraging the beating death of a woman. Judge Robert Cheshire heard from several witnesses Friday before sentencing 45-year-old Stanford Harvey. A jury convicted Harvey last week for his role in the 2006 death of 42-year-old Melba Lott.

Harvey was accused of egging on 42-year-old Bruce Hughes, Lott's boyfriend, as he beat her to death. A jury convicted Hughes of capital murder in February.

A third defendant, Amanda Jo Walters, said during Hughes' trial that the trio pretended to sell Lott crack so they could rob her. Walters refused to testify in Harvey's trial and was held in contempt of court.

Defense lawyer Frank Davila said he might appeal Harvey's sentence.

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