Guilty plea

Antonio Lamonta Burton

A Danville man plead guilty to second degree murder in Danville Circuit Court Friday, July 12, for his role in the March 2019 shooting death of a 17-year-old on Arnett Boulevard. 

Antonio Lamonta Burton, 21, took a plea deal from the Commonwealth in exchange for his testimony at trial for Justin Montel Jones, 20. 

Burton is facing 43 years in prison and fines up to $100,000. He was originally charged with first degree murder, but after taking a plea deal, it was reduced to second degree murder. 

Judge Joseph Milam told Burton he is facing up to 40 years for second degree murder and a minimum mandatory of 3 years for use of a firearm in commission of a felony. 

On March 10, Danville police responded to 741 Arnett Boulevard for a report of shots fired. 

Upon arrival, police found 17-year-old Hikeem King dead. 

Danville Police Lt. Richard Chivvis said at the scene that multiple shots were fired. 

Commonwealth Attorney Michael Newman requested the evidence in the case be sealed until Jones goes to trial, which is expected to be set for sometime in September. 

A sentencing date for Burton is expected to be set on August 27 at docket call. 

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