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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Darnell Hartsfield, 47, of Tyler, Texas found guilty in 1983 KFC Murders

Darnell Hatsfield Mug Shot

Five people were in the Kilgore, Texas KFC on the evening of September 23, 1983 when armed robbers entered the restaurant. Four employees; assistant manager, Mary Tyler, along with Joey Johnson, Opie Hughes, and David Maxwell, were closing the restaurant for the night. Monte Landers was a friend of Johnson and Maxwell was there visiting the two. All five were taken and forced into a van and driven to a oilfield road, made to lay face down, and fatally shot. 

Hartsfield has now been convicted on five counts of murder and sentenced to five consecutive life sentences. His cousin, Romeo Pinkerton, pleaded guilty of the five murders last year.

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