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Murder Lookout Gets 43 Years in Prison

Michael Graves pleaded no contest to aggravated robbery.
The final defendant in the January 2012 murder of a Wichita Falls grocery store owner now knows his punishment.

Michael Graves pleaded no contest to aggravated robbery, a lesser-included offense of his original charge of capital murder.

He was charged after admitting he stood at the door of Mo's Grocery as the lookout while his accomplice entered the gas station.

He's sentenced to 43 years in prison.

In January 2012, Graves and his accomplice, Clifton John Russell the IV, who was 17 at the time, entered the store in the 3600 block of Old Iowa Park Rd.

Russell fatally shot the store owner, 66-year-old Muhammad "Mo" Ahmad who was working behind the counter.

Investigators say the two went into the store with the intention of robbing it.

We spoke with a man who lives near the store.

He says he does not feel like mo got the justice he deserves.

"Years in prison, the only thing that is is my taxes and your taxes paying them to have four square meals a day. They get all the privileges they want and that's not right. They did something no man should ever do," he says.

In March, Russell was sentenced to 60 years in prison after admitting to shooting Ahmad.

Court documents say he was watching the news with his family when family members recognized him in the surveillance video.

The two were arrested a couple days after Mo's murder after Russell's family members contacted Crimestoppers and reported he committed the crime.
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