Fernando King Enters Guilty Plea, Sentenced to Life in Prison for Role in 2013 Murder

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COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Just before the third day of testimony was to begin in the Fernando King murder trial in Colbert County, King pleaded guilty.

According to prosecutors, King pleaded guilty to first degree robbery.

King is one of four people who police say went to a Sheffield home in February of 2013 with the intention of robbery.

Investigators said Fernando King, LaDontae Montgomery, and Damien Shipley went into a home in Sheffield to rob the residence of drugs.

According to investigators, Damien Shipley was the trigger man during the robbery and is facing a charge of capital murder.

During jury selection, prosecutors explained Fernando King is charged with felony murder because he went to the home on February 25, 2013 for the sole purpose of robbery.

At the time of the murder, investigators said they found a significant amount of drugs inside the home, and contended this was not a random act.

Investigators said when Dorian Hamilton was shot he was in a back bedroom trying to protect others from the intruders.

Krystal Dawn Riddle, 35, is accused of driving the get-away car for the robbery, and is also charged with murder.

Attorneys for LaDontae Montgomery have requested that youthful offender status be granted to their client.

A hearing for that is set for February 18th.

Prosecutors say King was not the alleged shooter in the case.

Judge Jackie Hatcher sentenced Fernando King to life in prison.