A man who tied up, beat and stabbed a Hammond business owner has been convicted of second-degree murder, the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.
In 2007, Lionel Richardson, now 29, bound and gagged Byron Williams, then hit him with a crow bar and other objects before stabbing him, the District Attorney’s Office wrote in a news release.
Afterward, Richardson and his accomplices put the victim under the bed in a residence and lit the building on fire.
Richardson and his uncle used Williams’ credit cards to buy video games and to change the appearance of his vehicle before the pair fled to Mexico, the release states.
Both have since been captured and extradited. Friday, a jury found Richardson guilty of second-degree murder, which carries a mandatory life sentence.