Maurice Candies sentenced after fatally shooting Bowling Green man

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The man accused of fatally shooting a Bowling Green man in 2016 has now been sentenced.

Maurice Candies was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison. The punishment was recommended by prosecutors after he pleaded guilty in November 2017 to one count of murder.

Candies admitted to killing Derek Lewis in August of 2016.

Lewis died shortly after being taken to the hospital in Nashville.
Maurice Candies' murder trial has been scheduled for July 18, 2017. He's charged with murdering Derek Lewis in Bowling Green back in August.

According to the police report, a phone number led to the arrest of Candies for the murder. A police officer at the scene said Lewis was shouting a phone number and said someone was trying to kill him and if he died the person linked to the phone number was the one who shot him. Police connected the phone number to Candies and used a cell phone tower ping to locate him.

Candies was arrested in Stanton, Nebraska on August 11.

He faces 20 years to life in prison if convicted of murder.

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