Man faces life sentence for fatal robbery

Published On: Aug 29 2014 07:20:57 AM EDT
BARTOW, Fla. -

A Central Florida man is facing a mandatory life sentence after being convicted in a fatal home invasion.

A Polk County jury found 33-year-old Christopher Batchelor guilty Thursday of first-degree murder, armed burglary, attempted armed robbery and conspiracy to commit burglary of a structure. Sentencing was delayed to Friday so 36-year-old Homero Arteaga's family could be present.

Authorities say Batchelor beat Arteaga to death during a 2012 robbery.

Another man — 47-year-old John Barrett — was convicted in March of manslaughter and other charges related to the fatal robbery. The Ledger ( ) reports that he was sentenced to 30 years in prison.


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