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(2-25-04) Quincy Allen sentenced to life after pleading guilty to 2 NC murders

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(Danbury, North Carolina-AP) Feb. 25, 2004 - A South Carolina man who admitted killing a clerk and a customer at a convenience store in North Carolina has been sentenced to life in prison.

Quincy Allen of Columbia pleaded guilty last week to two counts of murder, two counts of armed robbery and felony larceny. Allen was sentenced Tuesday to two consecutive life sentences without parole. Prosecutors had been seeking the death penalty.

Allen, 24, pleaded in the deaths of 53-year-old convenience store clerk Richard Hawks of Lowgap, North Carolina, and 29-year-old customer Robert Shane Roush of Lancaster, Ohio, at a gasoline station off Interstate 77 in August, 2002. Investigators say Allen walked in and without any confrontation shot and killed the two.

Authorities say Allen was on the run from Columbia for the deaths of 44-year-old Dale Evonne Hall in July 2002 and 22-year-old Jedediah Harr in August 2002. South Carolina authorities plan to try Allen for those deaths.

Attorneys Allen say their client is mentally ill and should serve his life sentence in a psychiatric center. Prosecutors he has exaggerated some symptoms of mental illness to escape accountability. Prosecutors say Allen should serve his sentence in a general-population prison.

Prosecutors felt they had more evidence in the North Carolina cases, so they decided to hold his first trial there. There's no word when he may go on trial in Richland County. Solicitor Barney Giese earlier said as soon as the North Carolina trial is over he planned to have Allen brought to South Carolina as soon as possible.

Allen was brought back to Columbia after Mitchell County Sheriff's Deputies captured him sleeping in a car on Interstate 20 in Colorado City, Texas, on August 14th, 2002, after he had been on the run for six days.

updated 8:21am by Chris Rees

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