December 11, 2013
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) -- Four suspects who cooperated with prosecutors following the 2009 slayings of a Pensacola couple have been sentenced to more than 15 years each in prison.
The men were sentenced on Thursday for their roles in the deaths of Byrd and Melanie Billings.
The four testified or gave evidence used against three other men who were convicted in separate jury trials. One man was sentenced to death and two others were given life sentences.
Prosecutors said the seven men dressed in black, ninja-style garb and drove to the wealthy couple's home in the dark of night with a plan to steal a safe they mistakenly thought had more than $1 million in cash. The men shot and killed the couple while their nine adopted, special-needs children were in the home.