Man sentenced to life for deadly home invasion

Published: Nov. 18, 2014 at 8:56 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 16, 2014 at 8:56 PM CST
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Damien Shipley was convicted for the murder of Dorian Hamilton. (Source: WAFF file)
Damien Shipley was convicted for the murder of Dorian Hamilton. (Source: WAFF file)

TUSCUMBIA, AL (WAFF) - A man convicted of capital murder has been sentenced to life without parole.

A Colbert County judge handed down the sentence for Damien Shipley Tuesday afternoon.

Early on in this case, prosecutors agreed to take the death penalty off the table. He was convicted in October.

Shipley chose not to address the court Tuesday, and didn't seem too phased by the severity of his sentence when the judge read it to him.

In fact, he was seen smiling and cutting up with other inmates on his walk over to the courthouse.

Investigators said Shipley fired the fatal shot which killed Dorian Hamilton during a home invasion in Sheffield. It happened at a home on Sterling Boulevard in February of 2013.

Shipley is the fourth and final person connected to the case to be sentenced.

Last month a judge sentenced Krystal Riddle to 20 years in prison. She admitted to driving the getaway car.

The other two suspects in the cases were sentenced for their involvement earlier this year. Fernando King pleaded guilty to murder. He's serving a life sentence. LaDonte Montgomery pleaded guilty to robbery first and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Shipley's attorneys are expected to file a motion for retrial in this case.

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