Judge sentences 1 of 2 brothers connected to 2012 murder

Published: Nov. 6, 2014 at 7:10 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 4, 2014 at 7:10 PM CST
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Jerry Brewer pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution, among other charges. (Source: Lauderdale...
Jerry Brewer pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution, among other charges. (Source: Lauderdale Co. Sheriff's Office)

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A Lauderdale County judge sentenced Jerry Brewer on Wednesday for helping his brother Shannon flee the state after the 2012 murder of Mark Dishon.

Jerry Brewer pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution & theft of property in the first degree earlier this fall.

Jerry received 10 years for each charge to be served concurrently.

According to the plea deal, Brewer's sentence is '10 split 3,' which means he gets credit for time served (he has already served 2 years), will serve his third year in work release, and be on probation for the remaining seven years.

Jerry's brother Shannon, charged with capital murder for killing a man and injuring a woman two years ago, pleaded guilty to three lesser charges on Tuesday afternoon.

Shannon pleaded guilty to first degree theft of property, first degree assault, and murder.

Brewer admitted he fatally stabbed and shot Mark Dishon and badly injured Sandra Sikes and then fled the state with his brother.

The pair was caught in Florida less than 24 hours after the attacks.

District Attorney Chris Connolly said the plea deal is a big step forward in the family's healing process.

"It's extremely important because of the finality." said Connolly. "If you have a capital murder conviction, the average time on those on appeal is 25 years. So it goes on and on and on and it's never over for the victim's family. Now we think we have to close the book on this one, we got him where he needs to be for the next 25 years."

Shannon Brewer's sentencing date has been set for Dec. 17.

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