FLORIDA DAD-SLAY KIDS’ ADULT PAL GETS 30 YEARS
Ricky Chavis, a 41 year old convicted child molester in Pensacola, Florida, who was acquitted of killing the father of two teenage boys, also faced additional charges surrounding the brutal 2001 slaying, which the two boys had pleaded guilty to. Chavis had been charged with committing a lewd and lascivious act against the younger of the two brothers, but prosecutors dropped the single charge and replaced it with 10 counts of lewd and lascivious conduct, plus one charge of kidnapping. He was also charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder, and evidence tampering. He faced life in prison plus 170 years if he was convicted of all charges. The brothers, Alex, 13, and Derek King, 14, pleaded guilty to arson and third degree murder in a mediated settlement.
Chavis was acquitted of most of the charges February 12, 2003. He was convicted of the lesser offense of false imprisonment.
He was sentenced to 30 years in prison for helping the two brothers avoid arrest after they beat their father to death with a baseball bat. He was sentenced to the maximum penalty possible after he was found guilty Wednesday of accessory after the fact to first degree murder and evidence tampering.