Eric Vann Huguley, accused of gunning down two people inside a Columbus Internet cafe last summer, pleaded guilty to their murders today in Muscogee County Superior Court.
Huguley, 27, was sentenced to life in prison with the chance of parole by Chief Judge John Allen. Convicted of the murders of 31-year-old Rebecca S. Wyatt and 25-year-old Fredrick L. Brown, Huguley won’t be eligible for parole for 30 years.
Patricia Bartozsyn, Brown’s mother, told the judge she was in Germany when her son was shot July 6 at Joycom Internet Sweepstakes on Buena Vista Road. She thought Brown might still be on life support machines in the hospital when she returned home, but her son already had died.
“I don’t know if it’s a question of why,” Bartozsyn said. “It’s just three families that got destroyed.”
Wyatt, who previously had a relationship with Huguley, worked at the Internet cafe. Huguley went to her workplace about 7 p.m. July 6 in an attempt to reconcile when Brown arrived, said Assistant District Attorney David Helmick.
Huguley confronted Brown and moments later started shooting, fatally wounding Brown and Wyatt, Helmick added.
Huguley was arrested shortly afterward.
“The defendant admitted to the shooting,” the prosecutor said.