MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Prosecutors say two men have been sentenced to 30 years in prison each in the fatal shootings of a man and his mother in Tennessee.

The district attorney’s office in Memphis said Thursday that 30-year-old Derrick Smith has pleaded guilty to two counts of facilitation to commit first-degree murder. Eighteen-year-old co-defendant Robert Beman has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.

Authorities say 29-year-old Ronnie Winborn and his mother, 59-year-old Laura Winborn, died of gunshot wounds in their home in August 2015 in Memphis.

A neighbor said Ronnie Winborn’s children, ages 3 and 5, knocked on his door and told him their “nana” and “daddy” were both dead. The neighbor found the bodies.

The men were sentenced by Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Bobby Carter.

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