Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Two face at least 25 years in prison after pleas in Masaryktown murder

BROOKSVILLE — Two men charged with first-degree murder in connection with a home invasion robbery in Masaryktown are headed to prison for at least 25 years.

Nicholas James Trammell, 22, and Richard Denard Harris, 26, pleaded guilty Thursday to the lesser charge of second-degree murder.

They will each serve a minimum of 25 years and face up to life in prison.

A sentencing hearing will be set later.

Prosecutors agreed to the deal with the approval of victim Michael Pfeifer's family, said Assistant State Attorney Pete Magrino.

Authorities say Trammell, Harris and Robert Willoughby entered Pfeifer's home at 174 Grand Ave. about 11:30 p.m. Aug. 16, 2011, and demanded money and drugs.

Pfeifer was shot in the knees trying to defend himself and died before emergency workers arrived.

Another man in the house, Cliff Kearney, suffered a blow to the head but survived and gave investigators a detailed account of what happened.

Evidence shows that Trammell, of Shady Hills, carried a 12-gauge shotgun, and Harris, of Brooksville, had an AK-47, Magrino said.

Both the shotgun and rifle were fired twice, and rounds from both hit Pfeifer. Willoughby carried a handgun but never fired it.

Willoughby, 25, of Brooksville was sentenced in December to 10 years in prison after reaching a deal that required him to cooperate with the prosecution of his co-defendants.

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