Tyrell Hamilton, who had been indicted on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of a homeless Raleigh man killed on the greenway, was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Friday on second-degree murder charges in Wake County Superior Court.
Hamilton is one of four teenagers indicted by a Wake County grand jury June 25 on charges of murder in the beating death last year of a homeless man found near Raleigh's Capital Area Greenway.
According to testimony, the teens intended to rob Regynald Jose Brown, 37, as he rode his bike on the greenway in December. Two of the teens were on top of a tunnel while the others hid inside the tunnel. A rock was dropped on Brown's head as he rode through. Brown hit one of the teens as they attacked him but was beaten to death with a rock and his own bike.
Brown's body was found in a trash can on Dec. 8 by friends searching along the trail.
Raleigh police arrested four 15-year-olds and a 13-year-old in the case.
Angel Sean Muniz, Raheem Hall and Tereise Massenburg were indicted on charges of first-degree murder last month.
A 13-year-old arrested in the case agreed to testify so his case would be kept in the juvenile court system.