3 men sentenced to life in prison for carrying out murder to hire plot

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-- Three St. Louis men will spend the rest of their lives in prison for carrying out a murder for hire plot.

Surveillance pictures show the August 2011 killing by Christoper Spates. He pointed a gun at Angie Young sitting in a car, firing 11 shots.

It happened outside a White Castle restaurant at Kingshighway and Natural Bridge.

Prosecutors said Young's ex-boyfriend Leon Moss and Donald White found and hired Spates to kill her to keep her from testifying at his assault trial.

More than a dozen of Angie's relatives were in the courtroom for the sentencing.

The men plan to appeal their sentences.

The judge said public defenders would be appointed to represent them.