Decatur woman pleads guilty to 2011 double murder at Krystal

Decatur woman pleads guilty to 2011 double murder at Krystal

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Cassandra Rayann Eldred, 26, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony murder on Wednesday and was sentenced to life in prison.

Eldred was the third and final defendant convicted in the 2011 shooting deaths of Jeffrey Graff, 50, and Jessie Joe Aguilar, 23. Both men were employees at the restaurant.

Police say Eldred drove the other two defendants, Jordaan Creque and Ezekiel Gholston, to and from the Krystal on the evening of the murder-robbery.

She admitted to investigators that she accepted $200 for her involvement in the crime, but denied that she knew anyone would be killed during the robbery.

Gholston was convicted of two counts of felony murder. Creque was convicted of three counts of capital murder.

Graff's body was found outside the restaurant's cooler. Aguilar was found dead inside the cooler. Investigators said the victims were shot multiple times with a 9mm handgun.

Investigators said the lobby of the restaurant closed around midnight, but the drive-thru is open 24 hours a day. The last sale was registered at 3 a.m. and the bodies were found at 5 a.m.

"While nothing will ever be able to bring back Jeff Graff or Jessie Aguilar, it does mean something that the families of these two hard-working men will not have to endure another trial, and I hope that they will be able to find some solace in the fact that their loved ones has been addressed by the criminal justice system and a measure of accountability has been meted out to everyone who is responsible for taking their lives," said Morgan County District Attorney Scott Anderson.

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