Two teenage girls could spend at least 4.5 years in prison in connection with the slaying of a Hickory taxi cab driver last year.
Emily Kathryn Starnes and Consandra Nicole Tyree, who are both 17, each pled guilty Wednesday to four felony charges, including accessory after the fact to murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
The teens had originally been charged with murder, but reached a plea deal on a lesser charge with prosecutors.
Starnes and Tyree were sentenced to between 58 and 79 months in prison. Prosecutors say the pair also will be expected to testify against three other people who were charged in the stabbing death of 32-year-old Adam Williams.
Williams was attacked in August of 2011 shortly after investigators say he was dispatched to a restaurant parking lot near the intersection of U.S. 70 and Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard. Authorities say Williams struggled to the door of another restaurant where employees called for an ambulance. But he was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
Williams had been working for the Yellow Cab Company for about two weeks when he was killed.
Police have also charged Matthew Gene Hopkins, Camryn Frederick Johnson and Robert Shannon McElwee in connection with Williams’ death.
Observer news partner NBC Charlotte contributed.