23-year sentence follows guilty plea in Danials Loop killing

jpawloski@theolympian.comJuly 16, 2013 

A judge sentenced a 22-year-old Lacey man to 23 years in prison Monday for fatally shooting Joshua Nelson at his Danials Loop home over a year ago.

Anthony Busby pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder, first-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree assault in connection with Nelson’s homicide. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Carol Murphy sentenced Busby immediately after accepting Busby’s guilty plea.

Nelson’s mother said outside court that she was disappointed Busby didn’t get more prison time. Francine Nelson said Busby showed no remorse for her son’s death. Josh Nelson was 23 when he died.

“It wasn’t right,” Nelson said. “He didn’t even say sorry.”

Busby pleaded guilty to Nelson’s homicide as part of a plea deal. In exchange for Busby’s guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to recommend a 23-year prison sentence.

Busby also pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery for robbing the Marvin Road McDonald’s in February 2012, about a month before Nelson’s murder.

Nelson’s 144-month prison sentence for the McDonald’s robbery will run concurrent with his murder sentence, so it will not add any time to his 23 years in prison.

Busby is accused of fatally shooting Nelson in his Danials Loop home on March 19, 2012, and wounding two others during a botched robbery. An accomplice in the shooting, Xavier Anderson, also has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and other charges in connection with Nelson’s death and is awaiting sentencing.

Busby and Anderson were accused of hatching a plan to rob the residents of the Danials Loop home last year because they believed there was $15,000 cash in the residence.

Busby has admitted he fatally shot Nelson and hit two other men in the home who were struck by gunfire as they fled. The two men who were wounded have recovered, Nelson’s friends and family said outside court.

Busby and Anderson never found the $15,000 supposedly in the home.

Jeremy Pawloski:360-754-5465 jpawloski@theolympian.com theolympian.com/thisjustin @JeremyPawloski

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