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Golphin Brothers Sentenced to Death

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FAYETTEVILLE — The two brothers convicted of killing two law enforcement officers have been sentenced to death for the slayings.

Kevin and Tilmon Golphin showed no emotions this afternoon as the jury that convicted them two weeks ago voted unanimously to send the Richmond, Virginia, teenagers to North Carolina's Death Row.

The jurors were not swayed by defense arguments that the Golphins were victims of poor upbringing and child abuse.

Prosecutor Calvin Colyer said the case was one of the worst murders ever in the state of North Carolina. He also described the Golphins as the worst of the worst defendants the jurors will ever see.

The jury spent four and a half hours over two days deliberating the fate of the Richmond, Virginia, brothers. It took only three hours for the same jury to convict the Golphins.

Prosecutors portrayed the September 23rd, 1997, killings on I-95 as part of a crime spree that began in Kingstree, South Carolina, with the robbery of a finance company employee.

The grandmother of the Golphin brothers was pictured crying in the courtroom as the sentence was read.

Trooper Lowry's widow and other family members were also in tears.

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