GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Isaam Mattaay Chaplin, who was convicted earlier this week in the 2008 killing of an armored truck guard at a Greensboro clothing store, was sentenced Friday to spend the rest of his life in prison without chance for parole.
The jury reached it's verdict three days after Chaplin was found guilty of robbery and first-degree murder in the death of Juan Salado, who was 25-years-old when he was fatally shot at the Old Navy in the Friendly Shopping Center on Dec. 15, 2008.
The jury's decision should prevent Chaplin, a former N.C. A&T University student, from ever receiving the death penalty.
Chaplin's attorneys plan to appeal the decision, but if nothing more comes from the appeal, Chaplin will serve his sentence at the state penitentiary in Raleigh.
The jury went back-and-forth with its decision throughout the day. At one point, half of the jurors were in favor of the death penalty while the other half was against it.
Salado's sisters, who were in the courtroom, each broke down in tears when the verdict was read.
Chaplin, who worked at the clothing store, was dressed in women's clothing and a wig when he ambushed Salado, who was an armored truck guard employed by Brinks Security. Chaplin shot Salado in the head with a .40-caliber handgun from just feet away.
Chaplin, who had no prior history of violence, made off with about $25,000 in cash. He used to money to purchase a new coat, sunglasses, and a hotel room before he was arrested.
DNA evidence, surveillance footage and witness testimony were among factors that led to Chaplin’s arrest in the killing.
During his trial, defense attorneys never called Chaplin or any witnesses to the stand while making their case against him.