A Robeson County man was sentenced to death Friday after a jury rejected arguments that he was mentally disturbed when he shot and killed a retired textile worker last year.

The jury deliberated more than four hours before recommending that 21-year-old Herbert Barton Jr. be put to death for the Feb. 8 murder of Harold Craven.Craven's body was found in woods in the Red Hill community of Robeson County. He had been shot in the back of the head and robbed of $500. He was 61.

Earlier this week, Barton was also convicted of armed robbery, felonious larceny and felonious larceny of a firearm. Judge J.B. Allen Jr. sentenced Barton to an additional 14 years on the robbery conviction and continued judgment on the larceny convictions.

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