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Two sentenced in connection with murder

Two of three people involved in a South Point area murder earlier this year were sentenced to prison Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Nicole Eller, 30, of 37 Township Road 616 Apt. 9, South Point, and William Rice, 24, of 65 Township Road 510 N., South Point, each pleaded guilty last week to first-degree counts of aggravated robbery, a reduction from charges of complicity to murder. Eller also pleaded guilty to a third-degree count of obstruction of justice.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced each to 11 years in prison for the first-degree felonies, the maximum sentence allowed. Eller received an additional three years for the obstruction charge, for a total of 14 years in prison.

“An apology I don’t feel would do justice for the family,” Eller said. “An apology isn’t good enough. I’m very sorry for everything that happened.”

Rice also apologized.

According to Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson, both defendants pleaded to reduced charges and agreed to testify against Justin Wilson, the man accused of firing the fatal shot that killed 30-year-old Justin Adams on Jan. 13.

Wilson is accused of shooting Adams in the face following an alleged drug-related incident at Eller’s residence.

Anderson said Eller set up the robbery and tried to cover it up after the murder.