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Bethune man sentenced to life for 2013 murder, robbery
Willie Thomas Starnes
A Bethune man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of murder and armed robbery Thursday. A jury of six men and six women found Willie Thomas Starnes, 33, guilty in the trial that started Monday. The charges came from an incident that occurred Aug. 24, 2013, when Starnes, who admitted being under the influence of alcohol and drugs at the time, struck and killed Alan Thomas Robinson, who was 67 at the time, with Starnes’ 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV. Robinson was riding what family members described as “his prized possession,” a scooter, on Freeman Road in rural Bethune, near his Camp Road home.