Second brother sentenced to life in prison for 'Steak 'N Shake' killings

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 25, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 25 at 5:41 PM

(KMOV) -- Anthony Akins, the second man accused in the 2008 murders of a waitress and cook at a south St. Louis County Steak ‘n Shake, was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday.

Anthony Akins pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action and first-degree robbery.

He was sentenced to life in prison for all charges.

Anthony’s brother, Oundr’e, was already found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison in March.

Authorities say that in November 2008, the brothers broke into a south St. Louis County Steak ‘n Shake, where both had previously worked and killed 44-year-old waitress Tammy Cantrell and 24-year-old cook Mark Gerstner. The robbery netted them less than $200.

During Oundr’e’s hearing, Anthony reneged on a plea deal with prosecutors to testify against his brother.

Anthony had already pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

 

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