Man sentenced for attempted robbery in connection with teen’s homicide

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Ronell Watkins

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A man was sentenced Wednesday for his role in the first homicide of 2014.

Ronell Watkins was arrested on February 10, 2014. At the time, Watkins was 17. A 15-year-old suspect was arrested at the same time. Detectives preliminary charged the pair with murder in the death of 16-year-old Tyrell Alford.

Police also arrested 34-year-old Tomecka Carpenter for assisting a criminal.

On Wedneaday, Watkins pleaded guilty to attempted robbery. Other charges were dismissed. He was sentenced to 18 years with two suspended. He will serve 10 years in the Department of Correction and six years in Community Corrections.

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