Man gets maximum sentence for 2012 murder

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man who was found guilty for a 2012 murder was sentenced to double life plus 20 years, the maximum sentence the law allowed.

Joshua Benton was found guilty in May of first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and use of a handgun for the 2012 shooting death of Sharod James.

According to prosecutors, Benton and his co-defendant Mahdi Lawson shot James at a gas station on Martin Luther King Jr. Highway in Seat Pleasant during a drug exchange.

Benton was previously acquitted of the 2008 murder of 13-year-old Alonzo Robinson in D.C.'s Trinidad neighborhood.


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