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Shooter of former Patriot Coal CEO sentenced to life in prison

The man who fatally shot a former coal executive in a West Virginia cemetery last year has been sentenced to life in prison.

Anthony Arriaga, 22, will be eligible for parole after 15 years because the jury recommended a life sentence "with mercy," according to Charleston, W.Va., news outlet Metro News.

Former Patriot Coal Corp. CEO and President Bennett Hatfield was found dead in a cemetery in Mingo County in May 2016.

Arriaga pleaded guilty April 11 to first-degree murder and conspiracy charges.

A second man indicted in Hatfield's death, Brandon Fitzpatrick, was convicted earlier this month of first-degree murder and conspiracy charges and will be sentenced Jan. 18, 2018. Prosecutors said Arriaga and Fitzpatrick killed Hatfield as part of a plan to steal his vehicle and sell the parts.

The judge also imposed two one- to five-year terms, to be served consecutively, for the conspiracy charges.