An Alton man has been convicted of murder after a Madison County Jury deliberated for less than 90 minutes this (Friday) morning. 24-year-old Justin D. Vaughn of the 1,000 block of Easton Street in Alton has been on trial all week. The jury convicted him of 1st Degree Murder and Unlawful Possession of Weapons by a Felon.
Vaughn shot 30-year-old Demetrius Lucas of Belle Street outside an apartment at Storey Manor just off of Stanley Road on February 5, 2014. The murder conviction carries a minimum 20-year sentence, and since he used a firearm, that could bring an additional 25 years. Due to previous felony convictions, he could also be sentenced to life in prison. Sentencing is expected in 6-8 weeks.