Friday, March 24, 2017 06:56 AM


A fingerprint on a beer can put a 49-year-old Alabama man in jail Wednesday for his role in a homicide nearly three decades ago.

Samuel Reeves was taken into custody after admitting in Hamilton County Criminal Court that he killed James "Richard" Layne in the La Plaza motel on Cummings Highway on Feb. 20, 1989. He will serve one year in Silverdale Correctional Facility and then complete probation in his home state of Alabama.

"I'm sorry for what happened," Reeves said to Layne's relatives, who were packed into the front row. After the hearing, Reeves' wife and mother walked out of the courtroom, straight for the elevator.

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