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Third defendant enters plea in murder of Collierville contractor

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STAFF REPORTS
The last of three defendants charged in the 2013 robbery and murder of Collierville contractor John “J.P.” Shelley pleaded guilty last week to facilitation to commit especially aggravated robbery, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Thomas Moss, 19, who was the driver in the case, was sentenced to eight years in prison under a settlement approved by Criminal Court Judge W. Mark Ward.
Moss was prepared to testify against two codefendants before they pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the case.
The shooting occurred on Oct. 4, 2013, on the 4700 block of Scottsdale Ave. in the Parkway Village area where Shelley was meeting with construction worker Octavio Sanchez to discuss refurbishing a home.
They were confronted by two gunmen, later identified as Corey Sandifer, 18, and Derek Cunningham Jr., 17, who robbed Shelley of his cell phone, an iPad and cash. Sanchez was robbed of his wallet and cash.
During the holdup, Cunningham shot Shelley in the neck, killing him. Sandifer robbed Sanchez at gunpoint and also was charged with criminal responsibility for the death of Shelley, who had a wife and two children.
Cunningham pleaded guilty in August to second-degree murder and aggravated robbery and was sentenced to 30 years in prison with no parole.
In September, Sandifer pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 15 years in prison with no parole. He also was sentenced to 12 years for aggravated robbery. The sentences are to be served concurrently.

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