Crime

UPDATE: Husband, shooter get life in prison; getaway driver gets 30 years in murder-for-hire

PERRY — James “Eddy” Clements was sentenced Wednesday in Houston County Superior Court to life in prison without the possibility of parole for planning and conspiring with two men to kill his wife.

He also was sentenced to five years for possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Getaway driver Robert Sybert, 54, was sentenced to 30 years in prison on a reduced charge of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and possession of a sawed-off rifle during the commission of a crime.

Shooter Richard Sybert, 30, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus five years for possession of a sawed-off rifle during the commission of a crime.

Friday, jurors convicted Clements, 56, a former sheet metal mechanic at Robins Air Force Base, of malice murder, conspiracy to commit murder and a slew of related charges. Richard and Robert Sybert testified against Clements as part of their plea deals with the prosecution.

Joni Clements, 47, a clinical nurse for the 78th Medical Operations Squadron at Robins, was shot multiple times Feb. 8, 2011, at the couple’s home on Westwood Drive in Warner Robins.

Eddy Clements and Robert Sybert became friends when Clements’ daughter dated a relative of Sybert’s, according to testimony during the trial. Robert Sybert cleaned the Clements’ family pool.

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