ANCHORAGE - On Friday, March 23, Lawrence Lobdell pled guilty to second-degree murder for his role in the death of 37-year-old James Lockery in Centennial Park in July 2009.
Lobdell and Marc Ewing, both 18 at the time of the murder, robbed Lockery for beer and pocket change and later returned to kill him; Ewing admitted to jumping off the bleachers at the park and stomping Lockery over and over. Lockery's body was found by police near the bleachers on July 12, 2009. In November 2010, Ewing was sentenced to 70 years in prison with 20 years suspended.
Due to his plea agreement, Lobdell won't serve more than 40 years in prison for his role in the killing; the sentencing guidelines for second-degree murder allow for 10 to 99 years in prison. Lobdell is scheduled to be sentenced in Anchorage Superior Court on June 1.