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Northwoods man accused in four homicides gets life prison term for two of them

Northwoods man accused in four homicides gets life prison term for two of them

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Homicide in Castle Point neighborhood

Crime-scene tape surrounds a home on Duke Drive on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. St. Louis County police say a woman was killed in the home and a man was injured. Photo by Ashley Jost.

CLAYTON — A Northwoods man has received a life prison term after pleading guilty in a double homicide and robbery in St. Louis County's Castle Point area in 2016.

Brandon J. Harris, 35, of the 7100 block of Florian Avenue, on Thursday received six concurrent life terms (each calculated at 30 years), after pleading guilty in October to first-degree robbery, three counts of armed criminal action, unlawful gun possession and two reduced counts of second-degree murder.

Prosecutors said he shot Dana Robinson, 35, and Antonio C. Harris, 37, during an armed robbery on July 20, 2016 in the 10100 block of Duke Drive, where Harris lived. Robinson died at the scene; Harris died later at the age of 39.

Brandon Harris admitted holding up the victims with a .380 semi-automatic handgun and demanding money before shooting them. He took money and electronics from the home before leaving, charges said. Police said the shootings appeared to be drug-related.

St. Louis County Circuit Judge Nancy McLaughlin Watkins sentenced Brandon Harris to life plus another concurrent seven-year term for unlawful gun possession. The judge also gave him another concurrent life term for his guilty plea in another robbery five days before the double shooting.

Brandon Harris also has pending charges stemming from two homicides in St. Louis in July 2016. He is accused of killing Travis Jones, 32, on July 14, 2016, inside his apartment in the 100 block of Bellerive Boulevard. He is also accused of murdering Patrick Wilhite, 37, in a shooting two days later. Charges say Harris has admitted to both shootings. Those cases are set for trial Dec. 9 before Circuit Judge Bryan Hettenbach.

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