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Guilty Verdict in Milwaukee Fire


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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A jury has found a 22-year-old man guilty of killing two children and two women in Milwaukee.

Desmond Laster and 24-year-old Anthony Barnes were accused of going with 19-year-old Brittney Robertson to her apartment and helping rob her roommate Rachel Thompson. A criminal complaint says Robertson stabbed Thompson and helped Laster suffocate Thompson's 3- and 4-year-old sons on Feb. 26, 2010.

Robertson and Laster then allegedly set the apartment ablaze before taking Thompson's 6-week-old son. Robertson later left him outside a church before Barnes allegedly shot her to death.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the prosecutor called Laster's alibi preposterous during trial.

Barnes agreed to plead guilty in exchange for prosecutors' recommendation of a sentence of 30 to 35 years.


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