An 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.