Thornton pled guilty to second-degree murder in August of 2017 and was sentenced to 18 years to life.

A judge sentenced a man Friday in connection with a 2016 robbery and murder of a Webster man.

Luis Nieves, 53, was sentenced to a total of 26 1/3 years to life -- 24 years for second-degree murder, 25 years for first-degree robbery, 15 years for two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, and 1 1/3 to 4 years for conspiracy. A jury found Nieves guilty of all charges in August.

On July 22, 2016, prosecutors say Nieves gave Brandon Thornton a loaded gun and drove him to Lyceum Street where 27-year-old Nicholas Welsher was located.

Thornton approached Welsher and when he attempted to flee, Thornton fatally shot him in the back of the head.

“Luis Nieves planned and executed an armed robbery that led directly to the death of Nicholas Welsher," said Senior Assistant District Attorney Patrick Gallagher. "Without his selfish and senseless actions, Nicholas Welsher would still be alive today."

Thornton pled guilty to second-degree murder in August of 2017 and was sentenced to 18 years to life.