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Third teen convicted in Lynchburg beating death case

Vernon Jackson pled guilty to second degree murder in Lynchburg Circuit Court Friday morning

September 16, 2011|Tim Saunders | Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief

LYNCHBURG, Va. — A third teenager has been convicted in a high-profile beating death case in Lynchburg.

Vernon Jackson pled guilty to second degree murder in Lynchburg Circuit Court Friday morning.

Jackson is 17.  He was one of three teens accused of beating 81-year-old George Baker to death on a Lynchburg street last September.

Kenneth Davis and another boy were convicted of first degree murder earlier this year.

Davis, who is also 17, was sentenced to 35 years in prison.  Because the other boy was only 13 when the crime happened, he was ordered to stay in a juvenile facility until his 21st birthday.

Jackson testified against Davis during his trial in May.  For doing that, prosecutors reduced Jackson's charge from first to second degree murder.

Jackson will be sentenced December 16.

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