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June 10, 2008

Albany-  Four Albany State University students enter guilty pleas to charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery for a 2006 home invasion robbery where the University's star running back was killed.

Lindsey Swilley, her sister Brittany Swilley, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery and were sentenced to five years for helping to set up the armed robbery.

Investigators say, Albany State Runningback Antonio Atkins, Luther Newton of Savannah and Michael Pleas broke into this West Broad Avenue home April 28th, 2006 and tried to rob two men. The home owner shot Atkins, killing him.

Pleas plead guilty to two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of burglary, one count of conspiracy, and criminal attempt to commit robbery. He was sentenced to 20 years, eight to be served behind bars.

Luther Newton has yet to be sentenced.

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