LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Little Rock man has pleaded guilty to helping his half brother torture and kill a mother and her two young children while robbing the family's home.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that 23-year-old William Burnell Alexander pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and three counts of first-degree murder and was sentenced to 60 years in prison. He had been charged with capital murder in the December 2017 killings of 24-year-old Mariah Cunningham, her 5-year-old daughter, A'Laylaih Fisher, and her 4-year-old son, Elijah Fisher.
A jury this month convicted Alexander's half brother, Michael Ivory Collins, of capital murder and the judge sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Prosecutors said at Collins' trial that Alexander restrained Cunningham while Collins tortured her children to death in front of her to try to get her to give up any money they thought she had. Each of the victims was stabbed or slashed at least a dozen times.