Phoenix teen Brandon Roberts gets life in prison for 78-year-old man's murder

PHOENIX - A teen accused of killing a 78-year-old man who was on a nightly walk in north Phoenix nearly two years ago has been sentenced to life in prison.

Brandon Roberts, who was 17 years old at the time, was arrested along with 17-year-old Nadeem Alferikh after Milton Raffle was shot and killed in July, 2011.

Police said Raffle left his home around 9:30 p.m. for his walk near 23rd Avenue and Cactus Road.

He was found unconscious and unresponsive in the park just after midnight.

Police said the suspects were buying drugs when Raffle happened to come upon them and the pair "stalked" Raffle in an attempt to rob him and then shot him.

Police said Roberts was the one who pulled the trigger. They said the murder weapon was stolen in an unrelated burglary several days before.

Roberts was sentenced on Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years.

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