GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Both men convicted in the murder of a Grand Valley State University counselor has been sentenced.
Timothy Miller and Maceo Scott were sentenced to life in prison without parole in Kent County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon in the death of Santiago Zapata, Jr.
Zapata was found dead in the basement of his Grand Rapids home last September.
After they were arrested in October, both Scott and Miller admitted to planning to rob Zapata, but had different versions of who killed Zapata and how it happened.
Miller said he stayed outside Zapata's home while Scott went inside. But Scott said Miller went in first, and claimed Miller punched and stabbed Zapata with a steak knife when he didn't give up his wallet.
Scott told detectives the two of them dragged Zapata down the steps of his home into the basement, but "Zapata begged for help" in the final moments of his life, a police detective testified.
The detective said Miller beat Zapata with a metal pipe, which was later found.
Scott and Miller stole Zapata's wallet and car, and tried to get some money from Zapata's ATM account, police said.
The pair then left Zapata's car at an apartment complex and dumped the knife, wallet and keys down a storm drain. Authorities later recovered the keys and wallet but not the knife.
Both Scott and Miller were found guilty of first-degree murder and armed robbery in April.
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