Monday, 10 July 2017 08:51

Murder Case Getaway Driver Pleads Guilty

July 10, 2017 – The getaway driver in a 2012 murder and robbery case has pled guilty to her role in the crimes and was sentenced to 25 years in prison, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Monday.
Appearing before Criminal Court Judge John Campbell on Friday, defendant Sirita Iness Tolbert, 34, pled guilty to facilitation to first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery and aggravated robbery. She was given concurrent prison sentences of 25 years, 17½ years and 8 years.
The incident in which 33-year-old Billy Webb Jr. was killed, occurred on Aug. 1, 2012, in the 1000 block of Bradley St. just south of Melrose High School in Orange Mound.
Investigators said Webb was in his parked vehicle with a woman when a man with a handgun walked up to the victim’s car and got in. The gunman demanded money from Webb, then shot him and ran back to a black Mercedes – with Tolbert behind the wheel - that was waiting up the street to drive him away.
Investigators said Tolbert knew the victim and had set up the robbery plan.
The shooter has not been identified.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Kirby May.