Apr 18, 2014 4:36 PM
An Oroville man was sentenced to 109 years in prison without the option of parole today for murdering a man at an Oroville apartment complex in 2011.
Derrick Blanton was convicted of first degree murder last month for killing John Loren Ball at the Oro Villa Apartments in Oroville in December of 2011. Blanton was also convicted of armed robbery and assault with a firearm.
District Attorney Mike Ramsey said the incident was a drug robbery gone wrong.
The victim’s sister spoke in court today, thanking prosecutors for not giving up on the case.
Blanton’s attorney said he plans to appeal the sentence.