Man Convicted of Capital Murder, Gets Life in Prison

BLYTHEVILLE, AR – Avante Lawshea, 17, was found guilty by a Blytheville jury of two counts of Capital Murder and one count of Aggravated Robbery today. Judge Ralph Wilson presided. Lawshea received life in prison without the possibility of parole for the two charges of Capital Murder, plus an additional ten years for the charge of Aggravated Robbery. Further, he was subject to an additional sentence enhancement of ten years for committing a felony involving a homicide in the presence of a child.

Lawshea is one of four defendants charged with the murders of Bahadur “Bob” Dhillion, 62, and Anthony Tramble, 57, during a robbery of the Cherry Tree convenience store in Blytheville on November 5, 2016.

Mississippi County Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Curtis Walker and Gina Knight prosecuted the cases for the State of Arkansas. Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said, “I want to thank both Curtis Walker and Gina Knight for their hard work and diligence. I also want to acknowledge the Blytheville Police Department for their pursuit of justice in these cases. I additionally want to thank the jurors for taking time away from their work and their families to ensure that justice was served in this emotionally difficult case.”

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