BARTOW, Fla. - A central Florida man is facing a mandatory life sentence after being convicted in a fatal home invasion.
A Polk County jury found 33-year-old Christopher Batchelor guilty Thursday of first-degree murder, armed burglary, attempted armed robbery and conspiracy to commit burglary of a structure. Sentencing was delayed to Friday so 36-year-old Homero Arteaga's family could be present.
Authorities say Batchelor beat Arteaga to death during a 2012 robbery.
Another man - 47-year-old John Barrett - was convicted in March of manslaughter and other charges related to the fatal robbery. The Ledger (http://goo.gl/1QcP3j ) reports that he was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), http://www.theledger.com
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