Basketball Star, 2 Others Sentenced in Drug Murder

By: Virginia AP Email
By: Virginia AP Email

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A former basketball standout and two other young men will serve nearly three decades behind bars for killing a high school drug dealer.

Media outlets report that 19-year-old former Atlee High School star Kevin Drayton, 19-year-old Da'Von Byars and 20-year-old Xavia Highsmith were sentenced Monday in Hanover Circuit Court. All three were convicted in October.

They had faced up to life in prison.

Police said 16-year-old Brett Wells was found shot through the heart Jan. 21, 2012, when a drug transaction he'd arranged at his home near Richmond turned into an armed robbery. Wells had arranged to sell 4 ounces of high-grade marijuana to the three for more than $1,300.

Highsmith was the gunman, but all three were convicted of murder. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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