Two men plead guilty to murdering woman and her son

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Derrick Smith (L) and Robert Beman (R)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two men have pleaded guilty to the murder of a mother and her son in August 2015.

Derrick Smith, 30, pleaded guilty to two counts of facilitation to commit first-degree murder. Robert Beman, 18, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.

According to the district attorney’s office, Smith and Beman went to Ronnie Winborn’s home in the 3600 block of Vivia Avenue in the Nutbush neighborhood to look at guns and ended up fatally shooting Winborn, 29, and his mother, Laura Winborn, 59.

Ronnie Winborn’s 3-year-old and 5-year-old children knocked on a neighbor’s door and told him their “nana” and “daddy” were dead, per the DA.

A judge gave each defendant a 30-year sentence. Beman has no chance of parole.

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