A Danville man will serve 36 years in prison for a robbery and for putting a gun to the head of Benjamin Hairston and pulling the trigger as they smoked drugs a year ago. 

David Preston Moss, 53, was sharing crack cocaine with Hairston, 69, in a Danville home on Nov. 13, 2018, when the shooting happened. 

“The victim was shot for no apparent reason... this crime should not have happened," Circuit Judge Joseph Milam said during the sentencing Tuesday. 

Moss received 20 years for the robbery charge, a mandatory three years for use of a firearm in commission of a felony, another mandatory five years for possession of a firearm by a felon and eight years for second-degree murder. 

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Ayers reports for the Register & Bee. Reach him at (434) 791-7981.

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