Robert Clarence Ervin, 54, of Weaver pleaded guilty to arson and simple murder as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors reached in Calhoun County Circuit Court, according to Circuit Judge Malcolm Street Jr. Ervin had been charged with capital murder in the deaths of William Junior Nunn and Annette Spinks.
Ervin was accused of shooting the two Anniston residents multiple times before burning the victims' bodies in a house on the 1400 block of Bancroft Avenue in March 2008.
Under the plea agreement, Street sentenced Ervin to three 20-year sentences, one for each count of murder and another for the arson charge. The sentences are to run consecutively.
Ervin is expected to spend far less than those 60 years behind bars, however.
“He will serve 14 years and at that point he will be placed, assuming his record was good, on supervised probation for the remaining balance,” Street said.
Ervin will receive credit for four years of confinement on the arson charge for the time he has spent in jail awaiting trial since his April 2008 arrest, a total of 1,461 days.
Street also noted that restitution claims could follow; currently there is one for $4,000 from the Crime Victim Compensation Commission to fund the victims’ funeral costs.
Members of the victims’ family were present for the proceedings Wednesday and had input on the state’s actions in the case, the judge said. Ervin was represented by attorneys Bill Broome and David Johnston. Attempts to reach both Broome and Johnston were unsuccessful.
Before the plea, the case was set to begin trial Dec. 3. Ervin eventually will be sent to a state prison to complete his sentence; on Wednesday he was being held at the Calhoun County Jail.
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