VaughnAn argument over a dice game that lead to a man’s death last year results in a sentence of more than 50 years in prison for an Alton man.  25-year-old Justin Vaughn was sentenced to 50 years in jail for the murder of 30 year old Demetrius Lucas, and 7 years for unlawful weapons possession.

Judge Richard Tognarelli sentenced Vaughn Monday in Madison County Circuit Court.   Vaughn was found guilty in a jury trial in June.  The shooting took place at a birthday party for Vaughn at the Storey Manor Apartment Complex in Cottage Hills in February 2014.  Lucas was shot twice and taken to Alton Memorial Hospital, then later to a hospital in St. Louis where he died of his injuries.   Vaughn must serve 100-percent of the murder sentence and at least 50-percent of the weapons sentence.   He has previous convictions for mob action and unlawful restraint.


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