Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 29, 2013

Hall sentenced to 40 years for second-degree murder

— —  A Mercer County man was sentenced to 40 years in prison this morning for second-degree murder in the 2011 death of a Princeton man.

Thomas Tyler Hall, 39, of Princeton pleaded guilty Feb. 25 to second-degree murder in the death of 41-year-old Timothy DeWitt. Hall had been indicted on first-degree murder, robbery and conspiracy.

DeWitt’s body was found March 2011 off Eads Mill Road near the Bluestone Falls area known as the gorge. Second-degree murder carries a penalty of 10 to 40 years.

A co-defendant in the case, Tammy Lee Keen, 39, of Princeton is scheduled to appear before Judge Sadler later today for sentencing. Keen pleaded guilty April 4 to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery. During the plea hearing, Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ash said the state would have shown that Keen had conspired with Hall and a third defendant, Chad Hylton, 35, to lure DeWitt to the Bluestone Falls area and rob him. Hylton is being held on unrelated charges in a Montgomery County, Va., jail.

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