Anthony Akins joins brother in prison for 2008 Steak n' Shake killings

4:53 PM, Apr 25, 2013   |    comments
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CLAYTON, Mo. (KSDK) - The second of two brothers charged in the 2008 murders of two employees of a south St. Louis County Steak 'n Shake restaurant will spend the rest of his life in the state prison system.

Anthony Akins, 24, of Cahokia, pleaded guilty Thursday morning to a pair of first degree murder charges, robbery, and three counts of armed criminal action. 

The charges were the result of the November 10, 2008 murders of Tammy Cantrell, a waitress at the restaurant, and Mark Gerstner, a cook at the Steak 'n Shake in the 5800 block of South Lindbergh.

Anthony Akins was handed concurrent life prison terms with no chance of release after backing out of a plea agreement which could have allowed him to eventually be freed from prison.

However, Akins chose not to testify against his younger brother Oundre Akins when he stood trial earlier this year, nullifying the agreement with prosecutors.

Oundre Akins was found guilty by a judge during his bench trial last month.  he's also serving life behind bars with no chance of ever being released.

The victims were killed in the overnight hours when the Akin brothers, who both use to work at the restaurant, went inside to rob the business and chose not to leave any witnesses.

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