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Victim's fiance upset at plea deals in fatal shooting

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Three men who played a role in the murder of a man in east Nashville learned their fates Friday in court.

Seven years after the crime, all three agreed to a plea deal, but the victim's fiance isn't happy about it.

"It just takes me back to that night and what I had to relive," said Jessica Haines. "I heard  gunshots and then I went outside, and he was laying face down."

Haines was there when a group of men shot and killed her fiance, Cory Sanders, in a drug deal. The case unfolded for years, as police implicated six men in all.

Juries convicted the gunman and the mastermind. Deaundra Smith and Devonta Cunningham will serve life sentences.

A third man, William Gentry Davis, previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and will serve 20 years in prison.

The final three, Lance Featherston, Ashton Gaines and Mycal Hendricks, took plea deals Friday.

Prosecutors offered lesser charges and lighter sentences because they testified at the previous trials.

"It kind of sends the message, if you cooperate with police and tell the truth, then you will get consideration for that," said Assistant District Attorney General Debbie Housel.

But Haines was not pleased.

"I'm disgusted," she said. "Cory didn't get a second chance. They shouldn't get a second chance. Regardless of what role they played, they all did it together."

The prosecutor defended the decision as a way to bring a small sense of closure in a case that took years to unfold.

"The two that needed to go away for life, that's what they'll serve. So, we're very satisfied," Housel said.

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