Darrin Malone will spend decades in prison for his role in the murder of a local gas station clerk who was fatally shot last January during a botched robbery.

Malone, 29, of Milwaukee was sentenced April 21 in Waukesha County Circuit Court to 25 years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision, according to court records. He was found guilty of felony murder by a jury in February.

Malone was originally charged for his involvement in the killing of 65-year-old Saeed Sharwani with Kenneth Thomas and Jerica Cotton, both of whom testified against Malone in exchange for reduced charges. Thomas, 21, of West Allis was the triggerman; and Cotton, 24, of Milwaukee, was the getaway driver.

Sharwani was a clerk at the Citgo gas station at 1445 Whiterock Ave.

As conditions of his probation, Malone is not allowed to have any contact with Thomas or Cotton or any members of Sharwani's family. Judge Lloyd Carter also ordered Malone to participate in any treatment recommended by his probation officer and pay an undetermined amount of restitution.

A restitution hearing is scheduled for July 7.

According to the criminal complaint, Cotton drove Malone and Thomas around Waukesha until they found the gas station, which Malone and Thomas entered wearing Halloween masks. Cotton waited nearby in the car.

Thomas, who was carrying a gun, ordered Sharwani to hand over some money and jumped over the counter when he saw Sharwani drop some, the complaint said. Sharwani then came around the counter and grabbed Thomas, which scared him, and Thomas said in the complaint that the gun in his hand 'went off.'

The bullet hit Sharwani in the chest and he died a short time later, but not before he was able to call police.

Both Thomas and Cotton have pleaded guilty to lesser charges in connection with the shooting, court records show, and both have sentencing hearings scheduled in the coming weeks.

Thomas pleaded guilty Feb. 26 to felony murder and armed robbery. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 4. Cotton pleaded guilty to armed robbery Feb. 22, and has a sentencing heraing scheduled for April 28.

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