UPDATE: Pennsylvania man sentenced for role in 2014 double homicide in Del.
A Pennsylvania man will spend the next two decades in prison after authorities say his previous conviction was vacated, and he pleaded guilty to his role in a 2014 double homicide.
The Delaware Department of Justice says on Thursday, 20-year-old Rhamir Waples, of Philadephia, PA, pleaded guilty to the charges of murder second degree, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, home invasion and conspiracy second degree. The charges stem from an incident that happened in January 2014, when Waples and two co-defendants, Damon Bethea and Richard Robinson, broke into a Millsboro home. Bethea was found not guilty on all charges in April 2017. Waples and the co-defendants stole money and drugs, and shot Cletis Nelson and William Hopkins inside the home.
In March 2017, Waples was previously convicted on two counts of first degree murder, two counts of first degree robbery, home invasion, 15 counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and a count of second degree conspiracy, but was not yet sentenced. Authorities report that the Philadelphia man filed two motions for a new trial. One motion was pending based on a witness statement that was made in a co-defendants trial and impacted the statement made by that same witness in Waples' trial. A testimony was also recanted by another witness in Waples' trial.
As a result of Waples' guilty plea,he admitted to his participation in the 2014 murder and was sentence to 25 years in prison by a Superior Court judge.