UPDATE: James Walters Sentenced

By: WTAP News Email
By: WTAP News Email

UPDATE 11/18/2013 5:20 PM

Originally guilty of arson and now a co-defendant in a 2009 double murder.

James Walters is sentenced to one to three years in prison.

A judge previously found Walters guilty of third degree arson.

He was initially given probation.

That was revoked by Judge Beane after his role in a double murder of Lester Wratchford and Eric Sprouse.

Walters has a 499 day credit.

His sentence is to run consecutive which started Monday.
James Walters Junior has pleaded guilty to one felony count of third degree arson.

Walters, Jr, 27 years old, was set to go on trial starting Tuesday for charges in connection with the deaths of Eric Sprouse and Lester Wratchford.

Authorities say Sprouse and Wratchford were fatally shot at a home on Pike Street and then taken to a wooded area off of Laurel Creek Road last September.

Walters had been indicted on two counts of concealment of a deceased body and one count of third degree arson.

Walters faces one to three years in prison when he is sentenced on June 30, 2010 at 9:30 am.

As a part of his plea agreement, Walters will be able serve as a witness against Jaymason Robinson who is a co-defendant in the case.

The trial date for Robinson is yet to be set.

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  • by laur on Aug 13, 2010 at 02:04 PM
    yea these guys deserve to get more time then they are going to get, and it is sad our system will not do the rightful thing and put all of them away, whether they were all involved in the pulling of the trigger, they are all guilty of being involved in the deaths of these guys, no i will not be in the court room to see this when it comes down, for it saddens me that no justice will be seen in this case.
  • by noeli on Jul 16, 2010 at 02:26 PM
    i think the world would be better off not to know these scumbags.jaymasson or call him what you will should rott in prison for at least 20 yrs.should be longer.best to stay away from the scum associated with this story.
  • by laura on May 17, 2010 at 07:23 PM
    amy i find your compassion on here very confusing, u express emotions for all of the men involved in this, but seem to condone the dumping of thoses men that u say are your friends. i can't help wondering would u have the same compassion if this was ur family. rj did not do the right thing or he would not have become involved n something that is known that he was not there, but his g/f was. so explain to me how he is "doing his part?" has he is express any remorse for his part n this, probably not!!!! and i can only wonder how the people here in p-burg is going to like, having a person involved n this, walking the streets "SCOT FREE", i honestly believe NO ONE is going to stand accountable for this terrible crime, regardless if it was a drug deal gonna bad, or a robbery. i feel sorry for all of the families that have been affected by this! and how is rj gonna explain to his children, family or justify his actions. or take the coward way out and say he had no choice. how funny is that.
  • by April on May 13, 2010 at 10:39 AM
    Amy- your right don't get on here and judge people you do not even know. I know three out of the four. The fact that you called him jaymo tells me where you know him from BECAUSE his family and real friends know him by jaymason. It was a bad situation from start to finish. And yes what would you do in that situation. I love how everyone is thanking RJ (who i have never met or care too) for doing the "right thing" but he was as involved as Jaymason. Don't forget that!!!!! Jaymason does have family and friends that loves him and knows what kind of person he is. So please remember 4 lives were ruined by greed, money, and drugs. I hope when all is said and done everyone can find peace and move on!!!!!
  • by Amy on May 12, 2010 at 08:23 PM
    I love you Rj and I am always here 4 u. eric- all my love always ,lester-R.I.P As 4 the rest of u-judge not less thy b judged. RJ is my family. Eric was 1 of my closest friends. jaymo was a friend. lester was an acquaintenance & a good guy! it is a sad situation all around! It is devastating 4 so many people. talkn drama dznt help! rj is taking responsibilty & has told the truth from the get go. the deals r a "court thing". he never wanted any of this 2happen. his actions were wrong & he is doin what he can 2 make it right-ON HIS PART. iam deeply sorry about the loss of lester & eric & not a day goes by that i don't miss eric. it is not our place 2 judge any1. u never knw what ud do in the same situation. it cld hav bn different IF IF IF... let the families have peace. MAY JUSTICE BE SERVED ON THE 1 WHO TOOK THEIR LIVES & PUT EVERY1 ELSE IN THE SITUATION! LOOPI
  • by Anonymous on May 12, 2010 at 08:07 PM
    This is to noel do you even know these ppl I mean seriously hope they dont shoot or poison your children if you dont know these ppl on a personal level then u dont have any reason to come on here and leave a commit like you did and whats this about some cover up bill?
  • by noel on May 12, 2010 at 11:47 AM
    no time for illeagle gun possesion?whjat about the charges he was out on bond for?the judge should take a long look at what he is doingj.robinson should never have been out on bond in the first place.COURT SUPERVISION?another judicial screw up-this time costing lives.i doubt the defendants learned a thing.sad.hope they dont poison your children or shoot them.good luck.
  • by FAM on May 11, 2010 at 07:33 AM
    Its not a cover up, if its the truth.
  • by crystal on May 9, 2010 at 02:50 PM
    it may be a cover up, but he is going to win bill. both of them, just watch.
  • by bill on May 3, 2010 at 10:55 AM
    i see a cover up
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