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A Jones County man who admitted robbing an elderly man in his home and leaving him tied up to die, got a life sentence Monday.

Tyrone Richardson pleaded guilty to murder and other charges in the 2008 killing of 76-year-old Joseph Kitchens.

That's according to Fred Bright, district attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit.

Richardson and another man, Terrence Burney, are accused of breaking into Kitchens' Hungerford Road home on Oct. 11, 2008.

Bright says Kitchens was not home at the time, and the two men stole two rifles, two shotguns and other items.

When Kitchens returned home, Bright says, the two suspects tied him up in a chair with duct tape and left him there.

Kitchens' body was found six days later, and an autopsy says he died due to medical issues, connected to being restrained in the chair, Bright said.

Richardson pleaded guilty Monday to murder, armed robbery, false imprisonment and burglary. He got a life sentence in the murder case and prison terms on the other charges.

He will be eligible for parole in 30 years, Bright said.

Richardson has agreed to testify against Burney when his case goes to trial in October, the DA said.

Richardson and Burney were also charged with killing 74-year-old Thomas Stanford Griffis -- known as "Griff" -- in his barbershop on Railroad Avenue, Gray, on July 25, 2008.

Bright says that charge against Richardson was dropped Monday in connection with the life sentence in the Kitchens case.

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