WILLIAMSON, W.Va. — The man who shot and killed longtime coal executive Ben Hatfield at a Mingo County grave site is scheduled to be sentenced for the crime.


Anthony Arriaga will be sentenced Tuesday afternoon.

Anthony Arriaga, 22, of Gibonsburg, Ohio, will be sentenced in Mingo County Circuit Court at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Arriaga was found guilty in October on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two counts of conspiracy.

He faces life in prison with the chance of parole after 15 years.

Authorities said Arriaga shot Hatfield during a robbery attempt at the Memory Garden Cemetery in Maher. It happened in May 2016 while Hatfield was decorating his wife’s grave.

Hatfield was shot in the back.

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Brandon Fitzpatrick will be sentenced in January.

Arriaga and co-defendant Brandon Fitzpatrick, 20, of Louisa, Kentucky, spotted Hatfield’s upscale SUV and decided to steal it.

Fitzpatrick was found guilty earlier this month of first-degree murder, but not guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. Fitzpatrick later decided to enter a plea in connection with the penalty phase of the trial.

Fitzpatrick is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 18. He also faces life in prison with mercy.

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