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2 gang members convicted in execution-style murder of couple

Two suspected gang members have been convicted in the execution-style murder of a Stone Mountain couple. 

DECATUR, Ga. -- Sylvia Watson was returning home from a doctor's appointment when the horrifying series of events began that would end in the death of her and her fiance.

It was Oct. 24, 2016. Watson was returning home to the apartment she shared with her fiancee, 54-year-old Samuel White, on Tree Mountain Parkway.

As she exited her car, authorities said 27-year-old Christopher "Crisco" Spencer and 28-year-old Vernon "Veto Corleone" Beamon, both members of the "Rollin 20's' gang, approached Watson and ordered her at gunpoint back into the driver's seat.

The two forced Watson to drive to multiple ATMs and withdraw money as they rode as passengers. A bank surveillance camera captured images of Watson and showed Spencer in the back seat, according to the DeKalb County District Attorney's Office.

Authorities then ordered Watson back to her apartment. Watson and White were forced to the floor face-down as the suspects bound their hands and feet with ropes and cords. The suspects then shot each once in the back of the head, authorities said.

Spencer and Beamon then ransacked the apartment for nearly an hour before leaving with a TV and other items, prosecutors said.

A friend discovered the couple's bodies later that evening.

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Police believe the couple was targeted for settlement money they were rumored to have, but authorities never found evidence of that money.

Spencer was arrested on Nov. 2, 2016, while Beamon was arrested two weeks later in Memphis, Tenn. They were charged with murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping, burglary, violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Financial Transaction Card Fraud, and weapons offenses.

On Thursday, jurors returned guilty verdicts against Spencer and Beamon.

Spencer was sentenced to two consecutive life terms without parole plus 30 years. Beamon was sentenced to two consecutive life times without parole plus 25 years.