PENSACOLA — Three men have been sentenced to life in prison for the 2017 murder of a man in Milton.

Dedric Keandre Davis, Walter Ramone Ford and Kyhem Jalil Johnson were each sentenced Monday by Circuit Judge David Rimmer, according to a press release from the State Attorney's office.

On Feb. 4, 2017, Davis and Ford were passengers in a vehicle driven by Johnson near the intersection of Peachtree Street and Applegate Street in Milton. Thomas L. Buckhalter, Jr., was shot and killed by Davis and Ford, who were firing from the passenger side of the vehicle. Davis and Ford fired numerous times as the vehicle passed a group of people congregated around a fire in the backyard of a residence on Peachtree Street. Two other individuals were also injured by the gunfire.

On Sept. 14, Davis and Ford were convicted by a Santa Rosa County jury of second degree murder with a firearm, two counts of attempted second degree murder with a firearm, and shooting from a vehicle. Johnson was convicted by the same jury of principal to second degree murder with a firearm and two counts of principal to attempted second degree murder with a firearm. In Florida, a life sentence means the defendants will remain incarcerated for their natural life without the possibility of parole.

Davis was sentenced as a prison releasee reoffender. He had been released from state prison on June 1, 2016, less than one year before the shooting on Peachtree Street. Because these offenses occurred within three years of his release from prison, his life sentence was mandatory under Florida law.

The vehicle used in the shooting was owned by co-defendant Melissa Pocopanni. She was also a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, and she is charged in the case. Her case remains pending and set for trial during the week of Nov. 5.

The investigation and arrest were conducted by the Milton Police Department. Assistant State Attorney Amy Shea prosecuted the case.