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Two Savannah men were sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for shooting two brothers -- paralyzing one -- at a Bluffton apartment in July 2008.
A jury found Lucius Simuel, 30, and Demetrius Price, 33, guilty of assault and battery with intent to kill, first-degree burglary, possession of a firearm during commission of a violent crime and possession of a pistol by a prohibited person following a four-day trial at the Beaufort County Courthouse. Judge Thomas W. Cooper handed down the sentence.
Both men had previous felony convictions in Georgia.
On the afternoon of July 28, 2008, Price and Simuel went at the home of Deon and Deverol Cannick, ages 18 and 24 at the time, in Plantation Point Apartments, 897 Fording Island Road, with the intent of robbing them.
The men offered to sell the Cannicks pills and cocaine, but were turned down. They then forced their way into the home. Price shot Deon Cannick at close range in the neck as he came down the stairs. Price and Simuel then left.
A few moments later, Deverol Cannick went outside to get a description of the vehicle, but the shooters were still outside. He saw the two men, apologized for coming outside and laid on the ground. Simuel shot at him three times, hitting him one time in the abdomen and once in the hand. Both victims were unarmed.
Deon Cannick remains paralyzed from the chest down.
"This was a plan that was hatched and executed by two career criminals," said assistant solicitor Alexander Robinson, who prosecuted the case. "As a result, one of the victims is never going to walk again, the other may never feel safe at home and the two convicted felons who did this will spend the rest of their lives in prison."