Plea Deal Reached in Beating Death Case
A judge handed down second-degree murder charges for a Candler man charged in the death of a former Enka High School student, Thursday.
Brandon Allen was one of three men charged in the death last year of Dylan Roseboom, 19.
On Thursday, he agreed to the terms of that plea bargain, taking the charges down to second degree murder.
Before the proceeding began, Allen smiled, joked, and held up his handcuffs for family members in the courtroom. He was later taken to another courtroom for the plea hearing.
Allen and Gavin Geisler were together on the night the murder happened in January.
Prosecutors told the story of the two going to Roseboom's home, and that Geisler beat Roseboom to death with a steel pipe in an apparent drug deal gone bad.
Prosecutors say Allen didn't know Geisler had the pipe, and did not attack Roseboom, but he and Geisler did run away to the home of Chad Salvatto, who tried to hide them there.
Deputies arrested all three at Salvatto's home.
Allen stared at Debbie Walker Ledford, Roseboom's aunt, who told Allen he should spend his time in prison thinking about how he could have avoided the murder charge.
"Mr. Allen had a chance to get out of there, he didn't have to stand there and watch, he hid out with the other one," Ledford said. "He could have called 911, so with the third one, so to me, all three of them needs to be charged, absolutely, we feared this, should have been charged 1st degree."
The judge sentenced Allen to a minimum of 14 years, and a maximum of 18 years in prison.
Geisler is now serving a 36-year sentence for his role in the murder. Chad Salvatto was charged as an accessory to murder.
He is out on bond and is awaiting trial.